Riccarton Road upgrade

We are replacing underground water pipes and installing bus priority measures from Deans Avenue to Matipo Street. The bus priority and water pipe renewal are taking place at the same time to minimise the disruption to the public.

Ricc Rd view up street with trees

Overview

The underground pipes are almost 100 years old and need replacing, and the road above has deteriorated and needs resurfacing and reshaping. When the road is reconstructed, bus priority measures will be installed as Riccarton Road is one of the city's busiest bus routes. Around 3000 people board buses in Riccarton and more than 800 buses pass Westfield Riccarton each day.

The bus priority measures and underground pipe renewal are being done at the same time to minimise the disruption. The delivery of the project has been split into two stages:

  • Stage 1 – Deans Avenue to Harakeke Street
  • Stage 2 – Harakeke Street to Matipo Street.

Riccarton Road sewer pipe

Riccarton Road sewer pipe

Stage 1 – Deans Avenue to Harakeke Street

This section is in its final construction stages.

Traffic lights have replaced the roundabout at the intersection of Riccarton Road and Deans Avenue. The underground pipes in Riccarton Road have also been replaced and work continues to replace the pipes in Harakeke Street.

The road reconstruction is underway and will include new traffic signals at a new pedestrian/cycle crossing at the railway. Two lanes of traffic (one lane each way) will be operational throughout construction. The work is expected to finish at the end of June.

Remaining features of this stage are:

  • reconstructing the road and marking out bus priority and cycle lanes
  • installing traffic lights and a pedestrian/cycle crossing at the railway line.

Stage 2 – Harakeke Street to Matipo Street

Once the work to Harakeke Street is finished, we will continue west along Riccarton Road between Harakeke Street and Matipo Street (just past Westfield Mall). We will be replacing the underground pipes and renewing the road as we have done in the first stage.

Before we get started we want to understand how this next stage of work affects you. We have been holding drop-in sessions this week to get your feedback but if you weren’t able to attend, please get in touch with us on  941 8793 or email us at RiccartonRoad@ccc.govt.nz for more information.

Again, the bus priority and water pipe renewal are being done at the same time to minimise the disruption to the public.

Impression of Riccarton Road once the upgrade is complete

Impression of Riccarton Road once the upgrade is complete

Key features of this stage are:

  • streetscape and landscape improvements including a tree-lined median in the Central Riccarton area
  • renewing underground water pipes (water supply and wastewater)
  • installing traffic lights and a pedestrian/cycle crossing at the railway line
  • cycle lane upgrade and additional cycle parking to be provided
  • reconstructing the road and marking out bus priority lanes.
  • Council owned car parks located between Rimu Street and Straven Road to be upgraded to P120 parks for shoppers.

Indicative timeframes and plans for Stage 2

  • tender – mid 2018
  • construction start – Spring 2018 but will avoid Christmas Shopping period. 

 

What is bus priority?

Bus priority is the term used to describe how to give buses right of way over other vehicles when a road is heavily used.

By making changes to the road space, we can give priority to buses so that they stay on schedule and provide a good service to passengers, especially at peak times. These improvements will make it easier for people to bus, walk and bike to where they are going, and make Riccarton a more people-friendly place.