22 Dec 2023

Work to improve the southern-most section of High Street is set to kick off in late January.

Christchurch City Council Head of Transport Lynette Ellis says the project is expected to take about four months.

“The work on High Street will enhance the streetscape between Tuam and St Asaph streets with a new road surface, wider footpaths to allow for outdoor dining, upgraded street lighting, new landscaping and a northbound cycle connection that links the central city's cycle network with Puari ki Kahukura Heathcote Expressway.

“The new paving will match the Aramoana design you can see on the section of High Street between Manchester and Tuam streets.”

CORDE has been appointed to complete the project, and will visit affected people in the new year to talk them through what they can expect.

“We're thanking people for their patience as we make these improvements, and we know the end result will be well worth waiting for – High Street is going to look and feel very welcoming,” Ms Ellis says.

The Council will also introduce a 10km/h speed limit to this section of High Street, and will be made one-way for southbound traffic.

It will also create a right-turn exit onto St Asaph Street as well as an exit onto Madras Street.