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.

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Construction is well underway(external link) on this historic diagonal route between Cashel Street and Tuam Street, and on Cashel Street from High Street to Manchester Street. We’re also extending the tram route along Lichfield Street, Poplar Street and back up High Street. High Street is currently in poor condition due to earthquake damage to the street and underground pipes. The upgrade is repairing these issues while creating a safer and nicer place for pedestrians, drivers and cyclists. 

We're working  to make up for time lost during the COVID-19 lockdown and hope to have the most disruptive work finished in early December. Read more about the construction timeline on Newsline.(external link)

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, with a new paving pattern incorporating a Ngāi Tahu design.
  • 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.
  • A simplified intersection at Tuam/High streets reducing the number of signal poles from 19 to six.
  • 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 at the corner of High and Cashel streets and around the Manchester/Lichfield/High streets intersection.
  • 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. However, after listening to concerns raised by businesses and property owners in the block of High Street between Tuam and St Asaph streets, Councillors decided to leave that stretch of High Street for the moment. 

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