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: Analysis & reporting
Open for feedback: 17th July 2018 - 14th August 2018
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