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

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We’re upgrading Woolston Village and Ferry Road from Portman Street to St Anne’s School. The upgrade will include new trees and plants, new footpaths, additional street furniture and car parking. 

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 January newsletter (external link)for the latest news on this project.

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

We are preparing to tender for a lead contractor

We've completed our design for the Woolston Village upgrade and the next step is to tender for a contractor to lead these works.

This process will take several months. We'll announce the successful contractor once this stage is complete. 

Appointing a contractor

We need to appoint a contractor to lead the Woolston Village upgrade.

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

Appoint a contractor

December 2019 to February 2020

From December, we'll invite construction companies to submit proposals to lead this work.  

Meet the contractor

March 2020

Once we award a lead contractor, we’ll hold 'Meet the Contractor' sessions to introduce the project team to the local community.

We’ll share details for these sessions closer to the time.

Stage 1 - Portman Street to St Anne's Street

Starting in April 2020

Key features of stage 1

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 though 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 public parking is available off Portman Street.

Council has upgraded its free public parking facilities off Portman Street.

Woolston upgrade parking map


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)


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

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

You can read our January newsletter(external link) here.

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