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.

This is 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 for a better 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. 

Stage one between Moorhouse Avenue and Whiteleigh Avenue – peak hour bus lanes were approved by Council and will be constructed in 2022.

Construction starts early 2022 on stage one of Lincoln Road peak hour bus lanes. Peak hour bus lanes will be installed on both sides of Lincoln Road, between Moorhouse Avenue and Whiteleigh Avenue. They will operate weekdays between 7am and 9am, towards the city and between 4pm 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 4pm and 6pm.

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.

Stage two between Whiteleigh Avenue and Curletts Road

We’re planning to install peak hour bus lanes along Lincoln Road, 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 who are 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 more about what other changes we are proposing. (external link)