We’re planning changes on this key central city street to make it more attractive to visit and safer for all users. We’d like to hear your views.
Project status: Decision made
Open for feedback: 17th July 2018 - 14th August 2018
Hereford Street project approved by the Council - 14 March 2019
Christchurch City Council has given the go-ahead for work to proceed on upgrading two blocks of Hereford Street.
The upgrade will address the damage caused by the earthquakes and the subsequent demolition work along the stretch of Hereford Street between Oxford Terrace and Manchester Street, in the central city.
The street’s badly damaged footpaths will be replaced with new, paved footpaths with extra space provided for street furniture and planters for trees. Spaces will also be provided at nights for ride-sharing services and taxis servicing the bars and restaurants along The Terrace and Hereford Street.
Based on the feedback received, some minor changes were made to the plans for upgrading the street. The changes relate mainly to the placement of parking spaces and bus stops.
Read the report on the Hereford Street changes(external link)
Read the Newsline story
Hearings Panel: Main recommendations 19 February 2019
After hearing submissions today the Hereford Street (Manchester – Oxford) Hearings Panel:
1. Recommends that the Council approves
- the scheme design of the network transformation project for Hereford Street (Manchester – Oxford) as detailed here and
- that the upgrade be completed in one phase of work.
2. Notes there is construction to be undertaken on Hereford Street between Oxford Terrace and Cambridge Terrace, and recommends that delivery is coordinated with this project.
Other recommendations relating to the street layout including parking can be viewed in the minutes of the Hearing which will be available at http://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/ from Friday 22 February 2019.
The Panel’s recommendations will be considered by the Council next month.
Update: 31 January 2019
A Hearings Panel will meet on 19 February 2019 to hear those who have indicated they want to speak to their submissions on the proposed Hereford Street Upgrade.
The formal Hearings Panel agenda will be available online from Thursday 14 February 2019 at christchurch.infocouncil.biz(external link) but you can read a copy of the staff report and submissions below.
[PDF, 3.3 MB]Hereford Street Hearings Panel Report [PDF, 3.3 MB]
Table of submissions and project team responses [PDF, 269 KB]
Attachments to submissions [PDF, 4.4 MB]
The Hearings Panel’s role will be to consider all the submissions and staff report before making recommendations to the Council.
Update: Hearings Panel approved by Council
The Council has decided that a Hearings Panel should consider submissions on the proposed upgrade of Hereford Street between Oxford Terrace and Manchester Street.
The Panel will meet on 19 February 2019. Respondents who wish to speak to their submissions will be contacted with further details. Information from the staff report to the Hearings Panel will be available here from Wednesday 30 January 2019.
Update: Hereford Street upgrade - 11 December 2018
The Council will meet on 13 December to consider appointing a Hearings Panel to look at the public submissions on the proposed upgrade of Hereford Street between Oxford Terrace and Manchester Street.
The Council received 180 submissions on the proposed scheme design for the upgrade during public consultation carried out in July and August 2018. The upgrade is aimed at making Hereford Street safer and more attractive. Around 54 per cent of the submissions support the planned changes.
The Hearings Panel’s role will be to consider all the submissions and to make recommendations to the Council about the proposed upgrade.
Strand Lane post consultation update - 29 November 2018
Consultation on the Strand Lane project and the related but separate Hereford Street upgrade project took place from 17 July to 14 August 2018. (We will update you on the Hereford Street project next month.)
A question was asked about the sale of the balance of the old Council restrooms site to potentially enable the lane to be widened.
Of the 160 submitters who answered the question about Strand Lane, 125 (78 %) supported the sale of the old restroom site, 32 (20%) were opposed and four (2%) did not indicate a view.
Copies of submissions on Strand Lane and project team responses [PDF, 54 KB]
A staff report will be considered by the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee on 12 December 2018. The report asks the Committee to recommend to Council that the sale be approved.
The meeting agenda, including the staff report and any additional information, will be available online from Friday 7 December 2018, at christchurch.infocouncil.biz(external link).
Submitters were generally supportive of the partial sale to allow the lane to be widened. One respondent wrote: “This lane needs opening up and making brighter - a better connection between The Square and Hereford Street, than the dark, rather 'creepy alley' it used to be.”
Of the 32 submitters who did not support the sale of the strip of land in Strand Lane, eight said the sale was unnecessary. One noted that pedestrians had used the lane for more than 100 years, and others said no changes were needed.
Upgrading Hereford Street
We’re planning to upgrade Hereford Street between Oxford Terrace and Manchester Street – here’s why we need to make changes.
These two city blocks were badly damaged by the Canterbury Earthquakes and later demolitions. We now have an opportunity to upgrade the street to provide an attractive setting for new and repaired buildings, with painted on-road cycle lanes and raised planters with seating and trees.
This section of Hereford Street is part of the 30 km/h central city zone which is slowing traffic speeds in the central city and providing a safer and more attractive street environment for all users.
- To replace the street’s badly damaged road and footpaths and repair damaged stormwater infrastructure
- Improve the streetscape by providing street trees and some upgraded crossing points
- Maintain a ‘local distributor’ street for general traffic – and to access new parking buildings along it
- To support a key east-west bus route
- Provide painted on-street cycle lanes to improve safety
- Provide convenient night time small public service vehicle (taxi and Uber) stands to support local hospitality businesses
- Provide some on-street servicing and mobility parking bays.
These objectives are outlined in the An Accessible City chapter(external link) of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, and the Christchurch Central Streets and Spaces Design Guide.
After engaging with key stakeholders, the Council’s Hereford Street project team developed the proposed scheme for the Hereford Street upgrade, which is explained in this booklet. It provides 5 metre wide footpaths where outdoor dining currently exists. The proposal to move the dining on the southern side to the footpath edge will add to the vitality and attractiveness of this popular street. This proposal for upgrading the street provides an environment that supports people’s enjoyment of the public and private spaces in the city.
This project does not include work at the Hereford Street / Oxford Terrace intersection which is a separate project and has been approved by the Council.
What we’re proposing
If you have any questions about the proposed scheme design you can attend one of two presentation and drop-in sessions in the Council’s Function Room, First floor, Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street, Christchurch.
Wednesday 25 July 2018, 5.30pm–7pm
Monday 30 July 2018, 12.30pm–2pm