We’re creating a more attractive space for people to enjoy, safer spaces for pedestrians and an improved tram journey with a tram extension and street improvement project on High Street.

Get the latest updates on the High Street upgrade

Construction on the historic diagonal route between Cashel Street and Tuam Street, and on Cashel Street from High Street to Manchester Street was completed in December. We’re now extending the tram route along Lichfield Street, Poplar Street and back up High Street, which involves installing the remaining tram track, tram poles and overhead wires for the tram network.

Sewer and stormwater pipes have been replaced and we have laid most of the new tram tracks linking High Street and Poplar Street. You can read more about the final works on Newsline(external link).

High Street has been in poor condition due to earthquake damage to the street and underground pipes. The upgrade is addressing these issues while creating a pleasant and safe place for pedestrians, drivers and cyclists. 

We made up for time lost during the COVID-19 lockdown and the most disruptive work was completed before Christmas. The High Street upgrade includes:

  • A safer 10 km/h speed limit.
  • Level paving across the road and footpath between Lichfield Street and Tuam Street. 
  • The streetscape of High St was co-designed with Matapopore to express Ngāi Tūāhuriri narratives and values. The feature aromoana paving pattern that crosses High Street was designed by Ngāi Tahu carver and artist Fayne Robinson. .
  • Short-stay parking for shoppers and deliveries – P60 spaces, loading zones, mobility parks, motorcycle parks, and cycle parks.
  • A safer cycling connection between Tuam Street and the central city.
  • Feature lighting and new street furniture.
  • Corgi statues, marking the Queen's golden jubilee, will be relocated closer to Poplar Street, beside the new tram shelter.
  • More trees and planting along the route which will take place when the planting season starts in May.
  • Upgrading stormwater pipes along High Street.
  • Replacing the sewer pipe along High Street, between Cashel and Manchester streets, and round into Lichfield Street.

We consulted on the changes to High Street in 2019. Councillors approved a design for construction in the area between Cashel Street and Tuam Street. Early engagement with property owners and businesses on a design for the final section of High Street between Tuam Street and St Asaph Street will start in the second half of 2022.

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