We're installing peak hour bus lanes along Lincoln Road to make bus journey times shorter and more reliable. As part of our work, we'll be making other changes to improve safety for all road users - pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

The Lincoln Road bus lanes are part of a wider project to improve transport around the southwest of Christchurch.  

The southwest of Christchurch is growing fast, with 35,000 people expected to move into the area over the next 30 years. This growth puts pressure on our travel network, so we need to prepare and plan for a better way for people to travel to and from the central city. 

We know there's traffic congestion along Lincoln Road at peak times, causing delays for all motorists. Buses help to reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions by carrying more people per trip. This is better for the environment and helps everyone get to where they want to go on time. 

We're carrying out work over two stages and stage one is underway now until mid-November 2022. 

We're encouraging cyclists to take a detour from the roadworks while stage one of the works is underway.

To avoid roadworks, cyclists are encouraged to use a suggested detour via the Little River Link Cycleway shown on the map below.

The route is mainly separated from the roadway and runs along quiet, low-speed roads. Follow the detour signage and have a safer ride.

Once the bus lanes are installed there will be provision for cyclists to share the bus lane.

detour route map for cyclists

The suggested cycle detour route

Short term on-street parking is available and we’re working to keep car parks near our work area.

The map below shows where time-restricted on-street parking is located on side streets. 

We know roadworks are disruptive. Our crews are working hard to ensure access to businesses and some on-street parking is retained as we work along Lincoln Road. We’ve put signage up to indicate where business access is located within the area we’re working. Please drive with care.

Isaac Construction Ltd is carrying out the work, which is expected to be completed in early November 2022.

The peak hour bus lanes will operate weekdays between 7am and 9am, towards the city and between 3pm and 6pm towards Halswell. 

A bus lane will also be installed on the south side of Moorhouse Avenue, between Selwyn Street and Lincoln Road. This bus lane will only operate between 3pm and 6pm.

As part of the work, the speed limit on Lincoln Road, between Moorhouse Avenue and Whiteleigh Street, will be reduced to 30kmh. A new pedestrian crossing will be installed by Addington Village, allowing people to cross the road safely. We'll also be making a number of other changes to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. 

Check out the flyover video below which gives an overview of the extent of the work. 


We’re making improvements to make travelling Lincoln Road through Addington safer and easier. 

As well as the installation of peak hour bus lanes, we're doing other work to improve safety.

This includes:

  • Installing a new pedestrian crossing by Addington Village, allowing people to cross the road safely
  • Improving street lighting.
  • Reducing the speed limit on Lincoln Road, between Moorhouse Avenue and Whiteleigh Avenue to 30km/h.
  • Upgrading the Barrington Street/Whiteleigh Avenue intersection.
  • Installing new bus stops and shelters.
  • Moving kerb and channel and road resurfacing.

We're here to help.

Let us know if you have any questions about the work or sign up to receive newsletters with updates.

Every second Monday, the team is available at a drop-in at Addington Coffee Co-op between 1pm and 2pm.

Sign up for updates on the Lincoln Road bus lanes

If you need to talk to us about the work phone Pete Chum, Isaac Construction Ltd on 027 236 6279.

View more detailed updates(external link) or get in touch with the contractor. 

We recorded a meet the contractor webinar to introduce the team and provide an outline of the work. View the presentation.(external link)


View updates we've sent out to keep residents and businesses up to date.

We're planning to install peak hour bus lanes between Whiteleigh Avenue and Curletts Road.

This is the second stage of our project and will connect to peak hour bus lanes soon to be installed in Addington as part of stage one.

With stage two of the project we’re planning to install peak hour bus lanes, between Whiteleigh Avenue and Curletts Road, on:

  • Weekdays – 7am to 9am towards the city.
  • Weekdays – 3pm to 6pm towards Halswell.
  • Saturdays – 10am to 2pm on both sides of the road.

We’re working closely with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, which is also planning to install bus lanes along Halswell Road, between Dunbars and Curletts roads.(external link)

As part of our bus lane work, we’ll be making other changes to improve safety for all road users. This includes things like installing more pedestrian crossing points, widening footpaths, changing parking and relocating bus stops.

Learn about the other changes we are proposing. (external link)