The Christchurch Coastal Pathway will provide access to the coastline between Ferrymead and Scarborough Beach in Sumner. It connects communities along its route, and protects and enhances the wildlife along the way.

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The Pathway is a joint project between Christchurch City Council and the Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group(external link). Once complete the pathway will be 6.5km long, stretching from the Ferrymead Bridge to Scarborough Beach in Sumner.

The first 3.5km of the pathway between the Ferrymead Bridge and Beachville Road in Redcliffs, and a section between Shag Rock and the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club are complete. Both sections are already attracting a growing number of cyclists and pedestrians.

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Project updates

22 July 2022

Christchurch City Council has confirmed the cost of building the final and most complex section of Te Ara Ihutai Christchurch Coastal Pathway.

The Government gave the Council $15.8 million in Shovel Ready funding to build the missing section of the Coastal Pathway – between the eastern end of Redcliffs Village and Shag Rock, Sumner – but with the site conditions now fully understood, the Council expects completing the pathway will cost $17.3 million.

The Council has sufficient funds held in contingency for the project to cover the increased cost, but staff need the approval of elected members before they can draw down the funds. They will ask for that approval at the 28 July Council meeting.

The marine environment and the narrow road posed all sorts of unknown challenges, but the team now fully understands what’s required, how long it will take, and what it will cost.

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6 July 2022

Fulton Hogan has completed approximately 180 metres of sheet piling, which has allowed them to construct the first section of rock revetment. They've made good progress on the 110 metre stretch near the boat sheds at Moncks Bay where it's too narrow to safely maintain both the worksite and two lanes of traffic.

The sewer and water services renewal work has gone very well over the past five weeks, with 90% of the sewer pipes and 70% of the water pipes completed. This has presented the opportunity to upgrade the power cables under the road ahead of schedule – this work was previously planned for early 2023, but will now be completed by the end of July 2022.

Traffic will continue to be reduced to one lane between the hours of 9am and 7pm, Monday to Friday. Two lanes will be reinstated outside these hours, with steel plates with high friction surfaces put in place to help maintain a safe flow of traffic. For more details, see the latest works notice [PDF, 681 KB].

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