Ferry Road Master Plan

The Ferry Road Master Plan supports the recovery of suburban centres along Ferry Road from Fitzgerald Avenue to the Ferrymead Bridge following the earthquakes in 2011. It also aims to improve the safety and amenity of the road corridor.

Woolston vision

An artist's concept of Woolston looking north along Heathcote Street from the river.

Ferry Road is an important arterial that connects the city to the sea and performs several key transportation functions for the whole city. It links the city’s seaside suburbs and port with the Central City and provides services to a number of communities along its route.

Its recovery is closely connected to the long-term prosperity of the city. Ferry Road includes several commercial centres along its route, namely Ferrymead, Woolston Village, Phillipstown and Charleston.

The process to identify stakeholders, key issues, community aspirations and develop the Ferry Road Master Plan began in August 2011. After technical expert workshops and community consultation, the master plan was endorsed by the Community Board before being adopted by the Council in May 2014.

Vision, goals and actions

The Ferry Road Master Plan contains a strategic vision for Ferry Road to recover from earthquake impacts, to become a safe and pleasant movement corridor connecting city and sea, linking resilient and vibrant commercial centres.

This vision is supported by 26 goals, which are to be delivered through 24 detailed implementation actions. These encourage Council, private sector, community and government-led decision-making to align and move forward together in a logical sequence.

The vision, goals and actions are described in detail in sections 5, 6 and 7 of the Ferry Road Master Plan [PDF, 4.7 MB]

Progress on implementation of actions

In the years following the adoption of the Ferry Road Master Plan, actions have been implemented where possible. The context for these continues to change and this has influenced decisions by the Council, other organisations and private individuals.

Progress on implementation of Ferry Road Master Plan actions can be viewed below, under the geographic location for each action.

Woolston (WL)

  • (WL3) Ferry Road crossing enhancements: The Council has combined the design, procurement and construction for this project with that of actions FM3 and FM4 along the estuary edge (see below) into a single contract to create cost efficiencies and maximise asset delivery. Design is completed, the tender awarded and physical works are about to start. Completion is expected in early August 2022. See Coastal Pathway(external link) and cycle routes(external link) for more information.

Ferrymead (FM)

  • (FM3) Estuary edge/Coastal Pathway connection and (FM4) Humphreys Drive crossings: See WL3 above.

Corridor-wide (FR)

  • (FR2) Alignment with the District Plan Review: The Council made recovery-supportive provisions in the Christchurch District Plan operative in December 2017, including:
    • The reviewed function of the isolated Business 1 (Local Centre)-zoned areas at Phillipstown/Charleston and Business 4 (Suburban Industrial) areas serving a commercial function.
    • Reduced on-site car parking requirements for activities in neighbourhood centres which meet certain qualifications (e.g. access to public transport and major cycle routes).
    • Updated minimum floor levels in flood management areas.
    • Controls on the impervious surfacing in the setbacks from rivers.
  • (FR4) Woolston Park transportation improvements: The Council completed improvements to the pedestrian and cycle environment around the cluster of educational and recreational facilities near Te Waka Unua School, and to parking around Woolston Park, in 2019.
  • (FR5) Business forums and advisors: Completed by local business owners.

Phillipstown/Charleston (CE)

  • (CE1) Review of centre definition: The Council completed this via the reviewed Christchurch District Plan made operative in December 2017.
  • (CE4) Transitional project – Phillipstown: The Council trialled a traffic light control box painting project in 2016. Further funding for other transitional projects is possible (e.g. from Community Board).

Woolston (WL)

  • (WL1) Ferry Road movement and streetscape improvements through Woolston: The Council delivered a streetscape upgrade, including gateway features, in 2021.
  • (WL4) Woolston parking plan: Council parking surveys undertaken in the Woolston shopping centre in November 2015 and June 2017 demonstrated that there was sufficient parking in Woolston at that time, and the Council also completed a Suburban Parking Policy to address suburban parking issues in 2019, as a result of which a parking plan has not been produced. The Council reconstructed and improved off and on-street parking facilities as part of the Woolston Community Library rebuild and Ferry Road streetscape upgrade in Woolston in 2018 and 2021.
  • (WL5) Woolston gateway enhancements: The Council delivered these enhancements in the form of three pou at each end of Woolston village in 2022.
  • (WL6) Heathcote Street pocket park and pedestrian bridge to Cumnor Terrace: The Council completed landscape improvements to Connal Reserve in 2021.
  • (WL7) Community hub and Council car park improvements: The Council opened the new Woolston Community Library, along with Council car park improvements, in August 2018.

Ferrymead (FM)

  • (FM1) Ferrymead streetscape improvements: The Council (as part of the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team, aka SCIRT) partially delivered repair work on Ferrymead Bridge and surrounds in 2015.
  • (FM6) Bus transfer facility enhancements: The Council review of the existing bus stop and shelter around 2016 determined them to be of a sufficiently high standard for their level of use, not warranting the extent of enhancements anticipated. However, SCIRT completed crossing point improvements in the form of a pedestrian island in 2016 as part of repairs to the road.

Corridor-wide (FR)

  • (FR1) Case management: The Council has and continues to provide assistance as required since 2014.
  • (FR3) Corridor transportation safety and amenity upgrades: The Council is delivering these as part of wider road maintenance and upgrade programmes.

The following Ferry Road Master Plan actions have commenced and/or been completed in part to the extent noted:

Phillipstown/Charleston (CE)

  • (CE3) Bus priority upgrades: The Council has allocated funding for the delivery of the anticipated bus priority measures at the Aldwins/Ensors intersection in FY2021/22 and FY2022/23, as part of a city-wide programme for Bus Priority Upgrades.

Woolston (WL)

  • (WL3) Ferry Road crossing enhancements: The Council has allocated funding for delivery in FY2021/22. See ‘Current projects’ above.
  • (WL4) Woolston parking plan: The Council investigated opportunities to consolidate car parking facilities behind businesses on the south side of Ferry Rd in 2018, but these are dependent on the private landowners to implement.
  • (WL6) Heathcote Street pocket park and pedestrian bridge to Cumnor Terrace: The Council anticipates funding to progress the Heathcote River pedestrian bridge component from FY2030/31.

Ferrymead (FM)

  • (FM3) Estuary edge/Coastal Pathway connection: The Council has allocated funding for delivery in FY2021/22. See ‘Current projects’ above.
  • (FM4) Humphreys Drive crossings: The Council has allocated funding for delivery in FY2021/22. See ‘Current projects’ above.

Phillipstown/Charleston (CE)

  • (CE2) Streetscape enhancements: The Council has yet to fund this action.

Woolston (WL)

  • (WL2) Heathcote Street and Oak Street movement and streetscape improvements: The Council anticipates funding for delivery from FY2030/31.

Ferrymead (FM)

  • (FM1) Ferrymead streetscape improvements: The Council has yet to fund and commence the balance improvements anticipated.
  • (FM2) Ferrymead gateway enhancements: The Council has yet to fund this action.
  • (FM5) Ferrymead towpath connection: The Council anticipates funding to progress this pedestrian and cycle connection from the centre of Ferrymead to the river from FY2030/31.
  • (FM7) Kite Lane pedestrian/cycle and amenity enhancements: The private landowners have yet to deliver this action.

Woolston (WL)

  • (WL8) Transitional project – Plunket Rooms: The Council discontinued this action in 2018, in light of improvements to the Woolston Community Library site.