The Christchurch Coastal Pathway will provide access to the coastline between Ferrymead and Scarborough Beach in Sumner. It connects communities along its route, and protects and enhances the wildlife along the way.

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The Pathway is a joint project between Christchurch City Council and the Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group(external link). Once complete the pathway will be 6.5km long, stretching from the Ferrymead Bridge to Scarborough Beach in Sumner.

The first 3.5km of the pathway between the Ferrymead Bridge and Beachville Road in Redcliffs, and a section between Shag Rock and the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club are complete. Both sections are already attracting a growing number of cyclists and pedestrians.

The pathway is almost complete, with the last sections in Moncks Bay being constructed from November 2021 to early 2024.

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Latest update

15 June 2023.

Main Road is closed to traffic five nights a week while we complete the final stage of work on Te Ara Ihutai Christchurch Coastal Pathway.

The narrow width of the road means the section of Main Road between the pump station and Shag Rock will have to be fully closed from 12.30am to 5.30am, Monday to Friday, from Monday 19 June to Friday 14 July 2023.

Each night, the closed section will open for 10 minutes every 30 minutes past the hour, starting from 1.30am. Systems are in place to ensure emergency vehicles are allowed through at short notice. Bus services won’t be affected by the closures.

Although crews will be working on the section from 10pm to 7am, one lane of traffic will be open on Main Road from 10pm to 12.30am and 5.30am to 7am, with manually controlled lights.

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