15 Aug 2019

A Hearings Panel will recommend Christchurch City Council proceed with an extension of the city’s tram route and an upgrade of the two blocks of High Street between Cashel and Tuam streets.

An artist's impression of the High Street upgrade.

An artist's impression of the High Street upgrade.

However, after listening to concerns raised by businesses and property owners in the block of High Street between Tuam and St Asaph streets, the Hearings Panel has decided not to support the upgrade of that section of the road.

Instead it will recommend the Council conduct further engagement on the scheme design for that southern block.

The work proposed is aimed at repairing the earthquake damage to High Street and making the street - one of the most treasured heritage streets in Christchurch’s city centre - more attractive and people-friendly.

Hearings Panel Chairman Councillor Deon Swiggs says he is excited about the opportunities extending the tram route offers the city.

“What we are recommending today finishes the tram route and will open up new areas of city for users. It will be beneficial for the regeneration of the area and enables the possibility of us seeing trams with trailers on the route,’’ Cr Swiggs says.

“High Street is an important, historic part of the city and the tram extension and the proposed upgrade of High Street reflects our commitment to seeing this area thrive.’’

The Hearings Panel’s recommendations will now to the full Council for consideration.