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 will 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 will be 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 will 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 projects Ōtākaro is delivering are:
- Armagh and Colombo Streets, adjacent to Victoria Square
- Manchester Street, from Kilmore Street to Lichfield Street
- Durham Street and Cambridge Terrace, from Kilmore Street to Tuam Street
"Hospital Corner", or Tuam Street, from Durham Street to Antigua Street, with parts of St Asaph, Antigua and Montreal Streets.
The Christchurch Central Recovery Plan points to the need for rebuilt central city public spaces, buildings and facilities to be more accessible. These transport projects will provide a travel network that meets the current and future needs of all inner city travellers whether they are on foot, on a bike, in a wheelchair, car or bus.
Ōtākaro is taking the lead on An Accessible City transport projects that border key Anchor Projects that it is delivering.
These projects are planned to finish by mid-2018.
Work is underway on all of the projects.
Who else is involved?
Downer is constructing three of these projects on behalf of CCC and Ōtākaro, and the other organisations involved: Environment Canterbury, Ngai Tahu, and New Zealand Transport Agency.
Contact Peter Loakman, Downer Communication Co-ordinator by phone on 027 204 0424 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Armagh and Colombo Streets
The sections of Armagh and Colombo Streets adjacent to Victoria Square will be developed with stone paving, additional crossings, trees and other landscaping. The street in these blocks will be narrowed to give more space for pedestrians and cyclists, and for slow speed vehicle traffic.
This section of Manchester Street is being turned into a widened, tree-lined boulevard adjacent to the East Frame residential development.
The existing street will be widened by 9 metres to provide a broad, shared pavement for pedestrians and cyclists, along with the trees and room for cars and buses.
The street will be prioritised for buses. Most of this section of Manchester Street will have a single, general purpose traffic lane in each direction, with dedicated bus lanes provided both north and southbound from Hereford Street to Lichfield Street, and southbound from Armagh Street to Gloucester Street. There will also be a high quality bus stopbetween Gloucester and Hereford Streets.
Trees, landscaping and rain gardens (gardens which capture and filter stormwater flow from the street) will be 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 is being enhanced with landscaping and improved traffic flow.
It will have two lanes of southbound traffic, on-street parking on the western side, and a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians on the eastern side next to the Ōtākaro/Avon River.
Trees, landscaping and rain gardens will also improve the streetscape and suit the slower speed environment of the inner core.
Tuam Street, from Hospital Corner to Durham Street
Much of the initial reconfiguration work on the city's new eastbound one-way route on the southern side of the central city has been completed, with changes to the traffic directions around Hospital Corner and the closure of 600 metres of Oxford Terrace adjacent to the Antigua Boatsheds.
The next stage of work will improve traffic flow and provide better cycle and pedestrian access to the city. The streetscape will be improved with additional trees and landscaping.
Some of the remaining work will be undertaken once construction of the new hospital outpatients building at the corner of Antigua and Tuam Street is complete at the end of 2018.
Central City Transport Projects Update (south of the river)
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Colombo Street - December 2017
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Manchester Street - Christmas 2017 update
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Hospital Corner - Christmas 2017 update
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Durham Street - Christmas 2017 update
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Durham Street/Cambridge Terrace night works - January 2018
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Colombo Street/Armagh Street intersection - January 2018
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Hospital Corner - weekend intersection works - February to April 2018
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Manchester Street - night works, Gloucester to Armagh - February 2018
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Hospital Corner - final night-time sealing works - March 2018
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Durham Street - two-way DL flyer
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Oxford Gap - start of works - May 2018
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Stewart Street - intersection closure - May 2018
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Manchester/Armagh Streets - intersection closure - May 2018
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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 Gap roadworks starting soon – road temporarily closed
Work to transform Oxford Gap, a short section of 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