Upgrade of Kilmore Street (Colombo Street to Durham Street)

Christchurch City Council is planning to upgrade a small section of Kilmore Street ahead of the completion of the Town Hall, and is asking for feedback from the community.

Project status: Decision made
Open for feedback: 28 February 2018 to 21 March 2018

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Update 9 May 2018

Thanks for sharing your views about the proposed Kilmore Street Upgrade, from Colombo Street to Durham Street. On 26 April 2018, the Council approved the project.


That the Council:

  1. Notes staff will progress with the detailed design and tender prior to conclusion of the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan, utilising current budgets.
  2. Approve the scheme design and bus passenger shelter location as detailed in Attachment A, and the below resolutions all relating to the Kilmore Street project, noting that the parking and stopping restrictions relating to the scheme have been considered and resolved by the Parking Restrictions Subcommittee, as per paragraph 5.5 of the report.
  3. Notes that staff are working with the Town Hall to increase the number of available cycle stands.

 You can view the full meeting minutes online(external link) (page 7), including the final decision.

Matters relating to parking were considered by the Parking Restrictions Subcommittee on 19 April 2018. The minutes for this meeting can also be viewed online(external link) (page 11)

Project timeframes

It is expected that construction in front of the Town Hall will begin in May/June 2018. The wider works, which have yet to be tendered, are expected to be constructed in July/August.


Update 3 April 2018

The staff report for the upgrade of Kilmore Street (from Colombo Street to Durham Street) will be considered by the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee in the Council Chamber on 11 April 2018 at 1pm.

The report recommends that the Committee makes a recommendation to Council for approval of the scheme. Parking resolutions related to this project will be considered by the Parking Restrictions Subcommittee on 19 April 2018.  The recommendations of both committees are expected to go to the 26 April Council meeting.

Consultation was undertaken from 28 February until 21 March. 

Of the 44 responses received, 18 (40.91 percent) supported the scheme outlined in the consultation plan, 21 (47.73 percent) generally supported the plan but had some concerns, four (9.09 percent) did not support the plan and one submitter did not state a view.

Key issues arising from the consultation plan included:

  • The shared path for pedestrians and cyclists on the south side of the Kilmore Street block near the Durham Street intersection
  • cycling facilities
  • proposed removal of the left turn lane from Kilmore Street onto Durham Street
  • removal of parking on the western side of Durham Street to provide a gateway to the 30 km/h zone (43 signature petition)  

Summary of consultation [PDF, 27 KB]

Submissions and project team responses [PDF, 87 KB]

Kilmore Street (Colombo Street to Durham Street) plan for approval [PDF, 674 KB]



Work proposed on this section of Kilmore Street will be split into two phases. Phase 1 (being consulted on here) allows for the construction to be completed to align with the Town Hall restoration. Phase 2 enables the later change from a one-way street to a two-way street and the upgrade of the remainder of Kilmore Street. This will be consulted on later. 

 We would like your views on the first phase of Kilmore Street from Durham Street to Colombo Street, and a small section of Durham Street near the Kilmore Street intersection. 

Phase 1 works

As part of these works, we are proposing to:

  • Replace the old and/or damaged kerb and channel
  • Maintain two westbound traffic lanes
  • Retain  the drop-off bay in front of the Town Hall entrance
  • Remove the former dedicated left turn slip lane from Kilmore Street to Durham Street to improve the space for pedestrians and to provide six new parking spaces on Durham Street. A left turn lane will still be provided
  • Acquire Council land at 70 Kilmore Street to provide space for a shared pedestrian/cycle path
  • Provide a gateway to the 30 km/h zone on Durham Street by providing landscaping and street trees
  • Provide a new mobility park on Kilmore Street near the Town Hall entrance. Two additional mobility parks will also be provided on Colombo Street, immediately south of Kilmore Street
  •  Install new bus stop bays and shelter outside the Town Hall
  •  Provide a short section of shared path for less confident cyclists to safely access Durham Street from Kilmore Street
  •  Re-mark the on-road cycle lanes on both sides.

Consultation plan [PDF, 613 KB]

Note: Later phase 2 works

The Council’s draft 2018-2028 Long Term Plan is proposing to delay the construction of the two-way conversion of Salisbury and Kilmore Streets.

Originally planned

Proposed in draft Long Term Plan



The draft Long Term Plan will go out to consultation on 9 March 2018. 


Consultation closes on 21 March 2018. Submitters will be notified of the consultation outcome at the beginning of April and the staff report will be considered by the Infrastructure Transport and Environment Committee on 11 April.  The Council is expected to consider the Committee's recommendations on 26 April 2018.


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