Better streets & spaces  |  30 Mar 2021

Work on the multimillion-dollar upgrade of Woolston Village has been extended for one month, with contractors now expected to finish at the end of April.

Christchurch City Council Transport Planning and Delivery Manager Lynette Ellis says the streetscape project, which includes installing new pedestrian crossings, mini plazas, wider footpaths, cycle lanes, and landscaping has experienced delays due to the complex nature of the work.

“Unfortunately, when you’re working underneath the ground unexpected things happen or things don’t go to plan. As a result our contractor’s work programme has progressed more slowly than originally planned.

“This is a fairly complex project involving the renewal of 100-year-old wastewater pipes and working around a network of underground services.  The contractor has also had to contend with significant concrete foundations and steel tram tracks that date back to the days when trams rattled along Ferry Road towards Sumner.’’

The project is currently on track to finish at the end of April, instead of March as originally indicated. The team will also complete the bulk of the planting and landscaping work over the winter months.

“We know parts of this project have been noisy and disruptive and want to thank the Woolston community for their patience and understanding as we upgrade the Village centre,’’ Ms Ellis says.

“Woolston’s vibrant business centre is open for business, so I encourage people to keep shopping locally and support your community.”

“On street parking on Ferry Road isn’t available right now, but there’s lots of alternative parking around the village. It might mean a bit of a walk, but Woolston businesses would love to see you,” Ms Ellis says.