Project updated: 15/05/2017
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Central City Transport Projects
These transport projects are part of the An Accessible City programme of improvements to the travel network in the central city.
They support the economic, social and environmental regeneration of the city centre by making it more compact and safer and easier to get around – for any form of transport.
Streets have been prioritised for different forms of transport to provide safer and more efficient ways for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users to move around.
The new design of the streets balance the needs and choices of more people moving around the central city. An Accessible City plans for:
- future road layouts
- pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and private vehicle users
- slower speed zones in some parts of the central city
- better public spaces
The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan points to the need for more accessible rebuilt central city public spaces, buildings and facilities. These transport projects provide a travel network that meets the current and future needs of all inner city travellers whether they're on foot, on a bike, in a wheelchair, car or bus.
Ōtākaro delivered An Accessible City transport projects that border Anchor Projects it is delivering.
Work is complete on all of the projects except hospital corner which will be complete in 2019.
Who else is involved?
Downer has constructed three of these projects on behalf of CCC and Ōtākaro and the other organisations involved: Environment Canterbury, Ngai Tahu, and New Zealand Transport Agency.
These road layout changes have been developed through a process of consultation that began in 2011 with the 'Share an Idea' campaign. Then there was consultation on the An Accessible City chapter of the Central Christchurch Recovery Plan and each individual project, as required by the Local Government Act.
Armagh and Colombo Streets
The sections of Armagh and Colombo Streets adjacent to Victoria Square have been developed with stone paving, additional crossings, trees and other landscaping. The street in these blocks are now narrowed to slow traffic and give more space for pedestrians and cyclists.
This section of Manchester Street has been turned into a widened, tree-lined boulevard next to the East Frame residential development.
The existing street has been widened by 9 metres to provide a broad, shared pavement for pedestrians and cyclists, along with room for cars and buses.
Manchester Street is designed to be the main north/south public transport route through the central city. To make the public transport system as efficient as possible, there are two bus 'super stops', one on either side of the street. Each super stop has mid-block traffic lights to ensure buses have priority over general traffic movements. General traffic turning movement is also restricted at some intersections.
Trees, landscaping and rain gardens (gardens which capture and filter stormwater run-off from the street) are other features of the redesigned street.
Durham Street and Cambridge Terrace
This main southbound one-way road corridor on the western side of the central city has been enhanced with landscaping and improved traffic flow.
It has two lanes of southbound traffic, on-street parking on its west side and a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians on its east side next to the Ōtākaro/Avon River. A new northbound traffic lane has been built to link traffic from the one-way system on Tuam Street to the Retail Precinct and car parking buildings on Lichfield Street.
Trees, landscaping and rain gardens will improve the streetscape and suit the slower speed environment of the central city's inner core.
This is the second and final stage of the changes to the road layout conversions around Christchurch hospital. The changes will improve traffic flow and provide better cycle and pedestrian access to the city. The streetscape will be improved with additional trees and landscaping.
The project is adjacent to Christchurch hospital, the Health Precinct, the Metro Sports Facility, Te Papa Ōtākaro / Avon River Precinct and the South Frame. These works have been timed and coordinated carefully with other stakeholders in the area with the aim of supporting all development needs and minimising disruption.
Some work, including the section of Tuam Street between Hagley Avenue and Antigua Street, was delayed to suit the needs of adjacent landowners and developments.
Health Precinct bus shelter construction starting next week
Work to construct two large bus shelters and six dedicated bus bays on Tuam Street, between Hagley Avenue and Antigua Street, will begin on 12 March.Read More
Hospital section of Oxford Terrace open next week.
A new pick-up and drop-off area on Oxford Terrace, between the Hospital and Christchurch Outpatients, will be open from Wednesday 19 December.Read More
Additional north-bound lane opening on Durham Street
A new single north-bound lane on a small section of Durham Street will be open to traffic from 9 May, to make it easier for people to access the city centre’s shops.Read More
Oxford Terrace roadworks starting soon – road temporarily closed
Work to transform Oxford Terrace between the Christchurch Hospital and Outpatients building starts on 7 May 2018.Read More
Temporary closures coming for major central city streets – expect delays.
Three major central city intersections will be rebuilt over six weekends, half an intersection at a time.Read More
Cambridge Terrace/Durham Street night works
Cambridge Terrace/Durham Street closes for four nights from Tuesday 16 January for final road sealing and line marking between Worcester Boulevard and Lichfield Street as part of the Central City TranRead More
First stage of Durham Street back to two lanes
Durham Street between Kilmore Street and Worcester Boulevard has today returned to two lanes with the bulk of the road works on this portion of the An Accessible Project now complete.Read More
Watch - Ōtākaro Limited - Traffic Projects
Ōtākaro is doing a lot of work that affects people using the roads in the central city. Here are answers to some of the questions Ōtākaro often gets asked about roadworks.Read More
Western end of St Asaph and Tuam Streets to be upgraded
Work to upgrade the few remaining blocks of St Asaph Street, Tuam Street and Hagley Avenue will get underway on 27 February as part of An Accessible City.Read More
Work ramps up on Durham Street - expect delays
Sections of Durham Street will be reduced to one lane between Kilmore and Tuam Streets from 17 October to April 2017 as part of the An Accessible City programme.Read More