The Sumner Lyttelton Corridor from the Ferrymead causeway to Lyttelton re-opened on 29 March 2019, linking Christchurch with Lyttelton Port for the first time since the 22 February 2011 earthquake.

Re-opening the Sumner Lyttelton Corridor

On the city side of the corridor, substantial work was done at several sites to reduce the risk from geohazards, including rockfall, cliff collapse and landslides.

These sites included Wakefield Avenue, Moa Bone Point and Shag Rock Reserve. This part of the corridor remained open after the 22 February 2011 earthquake, with shipping containers providing interim protection for road users.

Sumner Road

On 29 March 2019 Sumner Road between Evans Pass and Lyttelton re-opened for the first time since the 22 February 2011 earthquake, reconnecting the communities of Sumner and Lyttelton, and providing the vital transport link between Christchurch and Lyttelton Port.

The reinstatement of Sumner Road was a complex two-and-a-half-year project. Sumner Road was badly damaged when tonnes of rocks came tumbling down in the earthquakes. Before it could be rebuilt, complex engineering was required to reduce the risk from rockfall.

Funded by the Council and NZ Transport Agency, lead contractor McConnell Dowell and their subcontractors have done a great job to complete this challenging work and to rebuild the road on time and within budget.

A 30kmh speed limit will be in place until people get used to the new road alignment and the roading surface settles. Permanent no parking restrictions have been installed along all but the Lyttelton end of Sumner Road. However, vehicles will be able to stop at the lookouts at Windy Point and Evans Pass.

The road is popular with cyclists, however, the road has little or no shoulder so cyclists will need to take care and adhere to the 30kmh speed limit.

While there is no law against people walking along Sumner Road, we strongly urge people not to because they will be putting themselves and other road users at risk. Lots of over-sized and dangerous good vehicles will be travelling on the road and there is simply no room for pedestrians.

Sumner Road planting works notice [PDF, 903 KB] - August 2019.

Check out other videos showing the work to re-open Sumner Road: