We're installing peak hour bus lanes along Lincoln Road to make bus journey times shorter and more reliable. As part of our work, we'll be making other changes to improve safety for all road users - pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

The Lincoln Road bus lanes are part of a wider project to improve transport around the southwest of Christchurch.  

The southwest of Christchurch is growing fast, with 35,000 people expected to move into the area over the next 30 years. This growth puts pressure on our travel network, so we need to prepare and plan for a better way for people to travel to and from the central city. 

We know there's traffic congestion along Lincoln Road at peak times, causing delays for all motorists. Buses help to reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions by carrying more people per trip. This is better for the environment and helps everyone get to where they want to go on time. 

We're carrying out work over two stages and stage one is underway now until mid-November 2022. 

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The busy intersection of Lincoln Road, Barrington Street and Whiteleigh Avenue will close to all traffic for three days in the first weekend in October while safety improvements and final resurfacing is carried out.

The closure will enable contractors working on upgrading the intersection to install a raised safety platform and to resurface the intersection approaches.

 Contractors will work 24 hours to get the work done, starting from 6pm on Friday 30 September. Their aim is to have the installation completed in time to reopen the intersection to traffic at 6am on Monday 3 October.

We know the intersection closure will be disruptive but it makes sense to do the work in one concentrated push rather than doing it in phases over a longer period of time. Detours will be in place to help ensure that people can get where they need to be.

The intersection is used by about 50,000 vehicles a day and is also used by many pedestrians and cyclists. The raised safety platform is being installed at the intersection to encourage traffic moving through the intersection to travel at a safer speed.

In case of bad weather, the back-up dates will be the following weekend, starting from 6pm on Friday 7 October, with the intersection reopening at 6am on Monday 10 October. Keep an eye on the Council’s Facebook page for updates. 

Traffic impacts

  • Lincoln/Barrington/Whiteleigh intersection will be closed 24 hours a day for the first weekend in October.
  • Detours will be in place - please allow extra time for your journey.
  • Cyclists are asked to avoid the intersection during the roadworks. An alternative route is via the Little River Link cycleway. 

Detour routes

  • Eastbound traffic will be detoured via Wrights Road to Matipo Street/Blenheim Road/Moorhouse Avenue.
  • Westbound traffic will be detoured via Moorhouse Avenue/Blenheim Road/Matipo Street/Wrights Road.
  • Southbound traffic will be detoured via Blenheim Road/Wrights Road/Lyttelton Street.
  • Northbound traffic will be detoured via Lyttelton Street/Wrights Road/Blenheim Road.

Throughout the project we will be working at night when the roads are quieter and when most businesses are closed. Working at night also means we can get out of your way sooner. We won't be working on Friday or Saturday nights.

Sunday 24 July until late September

Lincoln Road, between Harman Street and Moorhouse Avenue will be one-way city bound during the night, starting from Sunday 24 July until late September.

We’ll be installing new parking bays, replacing kerb and channel, repositioning traffic signals and making the cycle lane safer.

Traffic impacts

  • There will be no entry to Lincoln Road from Moorhouse Avenue between 8pm and 6am Sunday to Thursday (the night shift will finish at 6am).
  • Overnight, Lincoln Road will be one lane city-bound between Harman Street and Moorhouse Avenue.
  • Two-way traffic flow will be restored between 6am and 8pm each day.
  • For traffic heading towards Addington, there will be a detour option via Selwyn Street and Harman Street, or via Moorhouse Avenue, Blenheim Road and Whiteleigh Avenue.
  • There will be no entry to Grove Road from Lincoln Road.
  • Cyclists will be merged with traffic – please drive and ride with care.
  • Speed will be reduced to 30km/h through the work area.

Sunday 18 September until Friday 30 September

Parts of Lincoln Road and Moorhouse Avenue will be resealed in the second half of September as night work. We're doing this work at night when the roads are quieter and when most businesses are closed.  

Traffic impacts

  • Lincoln Road between Whiteleigh Avenue and Moorhouse Avenue will be one-way city bound from 7pm on Sunday 18 September until 6am on Friday 30 September.
  • Lincoln Road will be restored to two-way traffic during the day.
  • There will be no entry to Lincoln Road from Moorhouse Avenue. 
  • A detour will be in place for westbound traffic via Blenheim Road through to Whiteleigh Avenue, and Selwyn Street through to Barrington Street. 
  • There will be some side road closures as crews work along Lincoln Road (Spencer Street, Parlane Street, Dickens Street, Clarence St South,  Wise Street and Bernard Street). Traffic management will be in place - please follow detour signage. 
  • We will be sealing the westbound lane on Moorhouse Avenue from Selwyn Street to Lincoln Road. This lane will be closed while we are working. 
  • Cyclists are encouraged to use the Little River Link to avoid the roadworks. 

Thank you for your patience while we complete this work. 

Isaac Construction Ltd is carrying out the work, which is expected to be completed in early November 2022.

The peak hour bus lanes will operate weekdays between 7am and 9am, towards the city and between 3pm and 6pm towards Halswell. 

A bus lane will also be installed on the south side of Moorhouse Avenue, between Selwyn Street and Lincoln Road. This bus lane will only operate between 3pm and 6pm.

As part of this work, we will be installing a new water main and making a number of other changes to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. This includes a major safety upgrade of the Lincoln/Barrington/Whiteleigh intersection in early October. 

Work will be carried out during the day and night so we can get out of your way sooner. Working at night also means we can do work when the roads are quieter and when most businesses are closed.  

 We know the work is disruptive and we’ve planned the work to happen at night while the roads are quieter and when most businesses are closed. We won't be working on Friday or Saturday nights.

More details about each stage of work.

We're encouraging cyclists to take a detour from the roadworks while stage one of the works is underway.

To avoid roadworks, cyclists are encouraged to use a suggested detour via the Little River Link Cycleway shown on the map below.

The route is mainly separated from the roadway and runs along quiet, low-speed roads. Follow the detour signage and have a safer ride.

Once the bus lanes are installed there will be provision for cyclists to share the bus lane.

detour route map for cyclists

The suggested cycle detour route

Short term on-street parking is available and we’re working to keep car parks near our work area.

The map below shows where time-restricted on-street parking is located on side streets. 

We know roadworks are disruptive. Our crews are working hard to ensure access to businesses and some on-street parking is retained as we work along Lincoln Road. We’ve put signage up to indicate where business access is located within the area we’re working. Please drive with care.

We're here to help.

Let us know if you have any questions about the work or sign up to receive newsletters with updates.

Every second Monday, the team is available at a drop-in at Addington Coffee Co-op between 1pm and 2pm.

Sign up for updates on the Lincoln Road bus lanes

If you need to talk to us about the work phone Pete Chum, Isaac Construction Ltd on 027 236 6279.

View more detailed updates(external link) or get in touch with the contractor. 

We recorded a meet the contractor webinar to introduce the team and provide an outline of the work. View the presentation.(external link)

We're planning to install peak hour bus lanes between Whiteleigh Avenue and Curletts Road.

This is the second stage of our project and will connect to peak hour bus lanes currently under construction in Addington as part of stage one.

With stage two of the project we’ll be installing peak hour bus lanes, between Whiteleigh Avenue and Curletts Road, on:

  • Weekdays – 7am to 9am towards the city.
  • Weekdays – 3pm to 6pm towards Halswell.

We’re working closely with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, which is also planning to install bus lanes along Halswell Road, between Dunbars and Curletts roads.(external link)

As part of our bus lane work, we’ll be making other changes to improve safety for all road users. This includes things like installing more pedestrian crossing points and u-turn bays, widening footpaths, changing parking and relocating bus stops.

Learn about the other changes we are proposing. (external link)