We’re upgrading Woolston Village and part of Ferry Road. This will make the village a safer and more attractive place to walk, bike and drive. We’re renewing underground wastewater pipes at the same time to minimise disruption to the public.

Artists impression of Ferry Road looking south east

Artists impression of Ferry Road looking south east

Sign up for updates on the Woolston Village upgrade

We’re upgrading Woolston Village and Ferry Road from Portman Street to St Anne’s School. Work will start from 20 July 2020.

There’s a lot of work to do above and below the ground on Ferry Road through Woolston Village. The underground pipes are almost 100 years old and need replacing, and the road above needs reshaping and resurfacing.

The village upgrade includes new footpaths and bike lanes, trees and plants, additional street furniture and new parking areas for cars and bikes. 

Everything will remain open along Ferry Road and you’ll see signs showing you how to access the shops and where to park. This work is an important part of the Ferry Road Master Plan(external link).

Read our latest newsletter (external link)for more news on this project.

Contact us on 03 941 8999, 0800 800 169 or email woolstonvillage@ccc.govt.nz for more information. 

Stage 1 – Portman Street to St Anne's School

Our contractor Citycare will lead the Woolston Village upgrade

Woolston Village upgrade: Portman Street to St Anne’s School

Appointing a contractor

December 2019 - June 2020

In December, we invited construction companies to submit proposals to lead this work.  

We have now appointed Citycare Ltd as the lead contractor for the Woolston Village streetscape and sewer renewal works.


Meet the contractor

7 July 2020

We're holding a ‘Meet the contractor’ session at the Woolston Community Library (main hall) at 5.30pm on Tuesday 7 July to introduce the project team to the local community. Everyone is welcome to come along.

Works start

20 July 2020

Citycare plan to start work on Monday 20 July, starting work at the corner of St Johns Street and working down towards Maronan Street. 
First we'll dig a trench to access and replace the wastewater pipes first, then reconstruct the road over the top. Two-way traffic will be maintained at all times during these works, and right turn restrictions will be in place from side streets turning into Ferry Road. This section of work is expected to run until mid-October. 

Key features of the upgrade

New trees and plants, new footpaths, additional street furniture and car parking.

The village upgrade includes new footpaths and bike lanes, trees and plants, additional street furniture and new parking areas for cars and bikes. 

Key features 

A place for walking

  • Wider footpaths and improved crossing facilities in the village
  • Two signal-controlled crossings outside the community library and St Johns Church
  • Three upgraded crossings with pedestrian refuges and handrails
  • Upgraded street lighting

A place to park

  • 55 on-street car park spaces on this section of Ferry Road (this is a reduction from 69 existing car parks and an increase from 21 in the previous plan)
  • 32 off-street public car park spaces behind the library with improved pedestrian access and signage to direct vehicles 
  • Time-restricted parking to allow for higher turnover

Catching the bus

  • Two pairs of bus stops in the village located next to the two signal-controlled crossing points
  • Two new bus stops in central Woolston replace those at Portman Street 
  • The bus stop outside St Johns Church moved to 729 Ferry Road
  • The bus stops near the corner of Catherine Street moved slightly to the east
  • Passengers waiting for the bus outside the library can use the covered area, and we are proposing purpose-built shelters for all other stops

Going by bike

  • Wider cycle lanes through the village
  • Over 30 cycle parking stands spread throughout the village
  • The signal-controlled crossing outside St Johns Church allows people on bikes to cross safely to reach the church and school, and link the major cycle routes to the north and south.

Lower speed limit

The speed limit will be lowered to 30km/h on Ferry Road between Portman Street and St Anne’s School. This will:

  • help make the village safer for all road users and pedestrians
  • make drivers aware they are entering a village environment

We will also be lowering the speed limit to 40km/h on Catherine Street, Maronan Street, Oak Street, Heathcote Street, Glenroy Street and a section of St Johns Street.


Parking on Ferry Road is being removed to allow space for the new road layout and wastewater upgrade.

More free public parking is available in the upgraded Council parking facilities off Portman Street.

On-street parking is also available off Glenroy Street.

Woolston Village Parking Map


Stay up to date with the latest news and updates on the Woolston Village Upgrade.

You can read more about the Woolston Village upgrade on Newsline.(external link)

We'll also send out regular newsletters as the project progresses.

If you would like to receive regular updates, please email WoolstonVillage@ccc.govt.nz


Read the results of the Council consultation on the 2016 and 2018 Woolston village centre improvements.

On 14 March 2019 the Council decided to approve the recommendation of the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board to accept the final staff plan for the Woolston village centre improvements proposal, without change.

For more details, you can read the results of consultation.(external link)