Work to start on Christchurch Northern Corridor - Christchurch City Council Media Release

Christchurch City Council Media Release

Waimakariri commuters can look forward to further improvements in commuting options after this morning’s celebration of the commencement of work on the new section of the Christchurch Northern Corridor.

The latest extension of the northern motorway is being built to the east of Belfast, between the Waimakariri River and Cranford Street, in order to provide relief for North Canterbury commuters travelling into Christchurch.

“Just as we have watched as infrastructure upgrades and the reconstruction work within our Towns centres has been carried out, so we now will be able to watch this improvement unfold on a key area of transportation for a large number of our community,” Councillor John Mayer, WDC’s Roading spokesman, says.

“It’s another important milestone in the development of the infrastructure to the north of Christchurch City and is something that is eagerly awaited by the Waimakariri community.”

The project is being built under an alliance contract between the New Zealand Transport Agency, Christchurch City Council, Fulton Hogan, Aurecon and Jacobs.

It is expected to take four years to be completed.

“We have had a lot of population growth in the Waimakariri District over the past decade so it is pleasing to see transport infrastructure improving to match that growth,” Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers says.

“The Christchurch Northern Corridor combined with Western Corridor improvements will help to ease congestion to the north of Christchurch.”

Christchurch City Council Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner added that the Northern Corridor is designed to take the pressure off some key routes between North Canterbury and Christchurch.

“The project will also reduce traffic on local roads and particularly Main North Road. This will improve safety and travel time reliability for people walking, biking and using public transport,” Turner says.

The Christchurch Northern Corridor includes:

  • The upgrade of QEII Drive to four lanes between Main North Road and Innes Road
  • Better access to the growing industrial zoned area around Belfast
  • A third northbound lane on the Waimakariri motorway bridge through to Tram Road
  • A shared pedestrian / cyclist path along the length of the project
  • Improvements to the public transport network on Main North Road
  • A planned connection to the Papanui Parallel Major Cycle Route from Cranford Street                                            CCC