Council awards contracts for cycleways work

17 Dec 2015


Christchurch City Council has awarded professional services contracts for the design and construction management of its Major Cycle Routes.


Christchurch City Council has awarded professional services contracts for the design and construction management of its Major Cycle Routes.

The decision means two consultant groups will do the detailed design work and manage construction of the routes on behalf of the Council. The contracts are split as follows:

Peloton (a group comprising staff from Beca, GHD and MWH) will be responsible for the Papanui Parallel and Quarryman's Trail cycleways as well as the section of Little River Link through Addington as their first tasks.

A team from Opus and Aurecon, named Velos, will deliver the Uni-Cycle and Rapanui — Shag Rock Cycleway as their first tasks.

"This is a sensible response that allows us to meet the community's desire to build the cycleways quickly," says Phil Clearwater, Chair of the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee.

"Developing and building these routes requires substantial specialist and dedicated resource, especially the work planned over the next three years which has funding assistance from the government. Awarding the contracts means we can have confidence we will have the professional expertise on tap to deliver what is a very challenging programme of work."

Mr Clearwater says the companies will adhere to already approved design guides and procedures. The Council will retain oversight with decisions on Major Cycle Routes work still coming to the Committee for approval.

The Major Cycle Routes network

The Council is building a network of 13 Major Cycle Routes. They will link suburbs, education facilities, business and shopping areas, as well as popular recreational destinations. They will offer a level of service not seen before in Christchurch and enable younger and less confident riders to feel safe and increase the number of cycle trips they take. 

The Urban Cycleways Programme
The Urban Cycleways Programme is made up of shared investment from the Urban Cycleways Fund, the National Land Transport Fund and local councils. This enables key, high-value urban cycling projects to get underway around the country over the next three years, improving cycle safety and supporting more connected cycle networks.
More information: www.nzta.govt.nz/UCP(external link)

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