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Victoria Street

Victoria Street

Keep up to date with your Central City transport projects

Upgrades for Victoria and Hereford streets

We've finished the work on Victoria Street and we're putting the finishing touches on the Hereford Street work.

Both projects cover repairs to broken roads and pipes, and deliver safer, more attractive and people friendly streets to draw more people to these areas of the city.

Widened footpaths, coloured surfacing, cycle lane markings and traffic calming measures have been added to both streets to create better definition for road users and a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

Victoria Street

The Victoria Street work is now finished. Water supply pipes have been replaced, the road and footpaths have been resurfaced, and street trees, cycle stands and street furniture have been added. 

We've also installed story panels that capture the history of Victoria Street. Read more about these on Newsline.(external link)

Victoria Street plans [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Hereford Street

The majority of the work on Hereford Street is now complete. The completed work includes replacing water and storm water pipes, resurfacing the road and footpaths, kerb and channel.

We're still working on installing footpath pavers, traffic light poles, street furniture, cycle stands and panels for the fence outside the BNZ Centre.

Hereford Street plans [PDF, 1.7 MB]

High Street upgrade and tram extension

We're extending Christchurch’s tram route and upgrading High Street between Cashel and Tuam streets.

Councillors approved plans for revitalising High Street to address the damage caused by the earthquakes and to make the road more attractive and people-friendly. The work will also extend the tram route along Lichfield Street, down Poplar Street and back up High Street.

Detailed design work and some property purchases need to be completed before work on the High Street upgrade can begin. We'll let stakeholders know when construction dates have been finalised.

Read more on Newsline.(external link)

Read the staff report prepared for the Hearings Panel(external link).(external link)

Track the status of other projects at Have your say. 


Our roads, footpaths and cycleways are greener with more trees and plantings.

Less congestion

More travel options for people whether by car, public transport, cycle or walking means improved traffic flow.

A great destination

Some routes are best suited for people and cyclists, which makes it easier for cars and buses to get where they need to go.

A walkable city centre

Our Central City has laneways and pocket parks to explore by foot or by bike. Wide footpaths mean more space for things like seating and entertainment.


Sharing our space

We’re embracing new ways of sharing the streets and public spaces – this means investment in cycleways, public transport, and spaces for people and cars.

A city where traffic flows

The Central City’s four avenues are perfect for travelling around the city – meaning less congestion in our city’s core. A better system of one-way streets and some changes to two-way helps you get around the city more efficiently.

Parking options

Plenty of handy off-street car parking means our streets can have wider footpaths, trees and cycleways. The priority for on-street parking is mobility spaces, loading zones and short stay.

A connected Central City

Well-connected walking, cycling and public transport facilities and routes.

We’re building a Central City travel network that meets the current and future needs of inner-city travellers – whether you travel by bus, car, cycle or on foot.

The challenge is to fit it all in, within the existing road space, and make it safe and enjoyable. This takes lots of planning, lateral thinking and collaboration – here’s how we do this.

Building our new streets

Initial planning

Once a transport project has been identified, we get together with traffic engineers, urban designers, landscape architects, arborists and other professionals to work-up a scheme design.

We check in early with directly affected businesses and property owners, and residents. We also talk to other key stakeholders, such as emergency services and the disability sector. The proposal is then assessed by independent safety auditors and peer-reviewed.


The scheme design is normally discussed with the Waikura / Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board before being presented to councillors on the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment (IT&E) Committee, prior to consultation.

The feedback period is usually three to four weeks.

Following consultation, further revisions are made to the design to take into account public responses, and technical and safety advice. It’s a balancing act – and not everyone will get exactly what they want.

Approval and detailed design

The revised design is then taken back to the IT&E Committee and Council for approval before undergoing detailed design.

Post-construction safety audit

We’re not finished yet.

We need an independent post-construction safety audit to check if the newly built street is functioning well or we need to make further changes.

The Council is working on transport projects that look at changes to travel in the Central City as outlined in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan’s(external link) transport chapter – An Accessible City.

The Recovery Plan(external link) was developed under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011. This was published by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) in October 2013 following consultation in late 2012 and early 2013. However, people initially shared their ideas and viewpoints about travel in the Central City through the Council’s 2011 Share an Idea campaign and this feedback was considered as well.

An Accessible City sets the direction and intent of the Central City transport projects to meet the needs of people and businesses. The new road classification, speed zones and road user hierarchy(external link) each contribute to the framework for how the Central City’s streets will be designed and operated.

An Accessible City also underpins the Recovery Plan(external link) – delivering a travel network that enables all of the anchor projects and the new developments across the city to function and be easily accessed. It is part of the $72 million cost sharing agreement(external link) with the Crown, the Council and New Zealand Transport Agency and is in partnership with Environment Canterbury  and Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu.

In November 2012 a draft An Accessible City chapter was released for public consultation, with 278 submissions received. These were collated and summarised for the Minister.

Released on 31 October 2013, the final An Accessible City is now the transport chapter of the Recovery Plan(external link). It was developed by CERA collaborating with the Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury and the NZ Transport Agency, and it incorporates feedback from the public consultation process.

Consultation name Notes

Central City slow speed zone review

Visit Have your say(external link) to find out more.

Hereford Street and Strand Lane Land Sale

Visit Have your say(external link) to find out more.

St Asaph Street speed zone

Visit Have your say(external link) to find out more.

Victoria St, between Kilmore St and Bealey Ave

Visit Have your say(external link) to find out more.

Consultation booklet [PDF, 2.5 MB](external link)

(external link)2016 approved plans [PDF, 3.4 MB](external link)

St Asaph St, from Ferry Rd to Antigua St

Consultation booklet. [PDF, 1.8 MB](external link)

(external link)Final plans [PDF, 1.4 MB](external link)

Hospital Cnr, Durham St, Cambridge Tce, Manchester St

Consultation booklet. [PDF, 5.1 MB](external link)

(external link)Final plans. [PDF, 8.5 MB](external link)

Colombo St, Lichfield St, Tuam St

Consultation booklet. [PDF, 2.4 MB](external link)

(external link)Final plans. [PDF, 3.6 MB](external link)

Hagley/Moorhouse Cnr, Hospital Cnr

Consultation booklet. [PDF, 6.1 MB](external link)

(external link)Final plans. [PDF, 2.4 MB](external link)