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Last reviewed: Fri, 03 May 2013

Christchurch Transport Strategic Plan

There are a number of roading and transport projects happening in and around Christchurch City to ensure traffic is managed and to accommodate an increase in commuters.

See below for more information on the projects that are happening in your area:

Future plans for Christchurch transport

Infrastructure is being repaired and rebuilt on a massive scale in Christchurch. As well as being challenging for day to day travel it has provided the opportunity to bring forward planned changes.

You can find information about what is being planned for Christchurch’s transport network through a range of publications and sources.

If you want to know what’s planned in your area, take a look through the links below to various planning documents and work programmes.

Christchurch Transport Strategic Plan

The Christchurch Transport Strategic Plan 2012-2042 is a 30 year vision for transport within the city, adopted by the Council in late 2012. Inside you’ll find information on proposals for traffic, freight, cycling, public transport and walking. You’ll also find information on what’s being planned in your neighbourhood.

1.Christchurch Transport Strategic Plan [PDF 5MB] for download
2.Christchurch Transport Strategic Plan Technical Appendices - [PDF 1MB] for download

Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild

The Council and New Zealand Government, through the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT), are repairing earthquake-damaged roads and underground services.

You can find a prioritised programme of work for the rebuild on the SCIRT website.

City and District Plans

The Christchurch City Plan is a plan which guides the way Christchurch is developed.

The City Plan also lists roading designations which illustrate sections of road subject to road widening and new roading work. Take a look at Part 12 of the plan for more information on designations. You can access Part 12 by searching “Roading Designations” in the search box on the top right of the screen.

Capital works programme

Each year the Council sets out a programme of capital work as part of its annual budget process. You can see what capital work is being planned for streets in your part of town by looking through the latest Annual Plan or the Three Year Plan.

Christchurch Cycle Design Guidelines

The Christchurch Cycle Design Guidelines illustrate how cycleways in Christchurch should look and feel. They include recommended design principles and design concepts of how cycleways can fit into different types of street environments in Christchurch. This document goes hand-in-hand with the Christchurch Transport Strategic Plan that highlights the importance of catering for cycling in the city rebuild.

Further information

The Christchurch Transport Strategic Plan, the City Plan and the Three Year Plan, demonstrate changes to the transport network that may affect your property or neighbourhood. Should you wish further clarification on any matters you have uncovered in your search, please call 03 941 8999. The documents listed above are available at Council libraries for your reference, but the most up to date versions are available on the web-links provided.

State Highways, even when they are within Christchurch City, are looked after by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA). You can find information on State Highway projects on the NZTA website


Authorising Unit: Strategy Support

Last reviewed: Friday, 3 May 2013

Next review: Saturday, 3 May 2014

Keywords: buses, cars, christchurch, cycling, draft plan, transport