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.
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:
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:
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.
Key features of this stage are:
Below are the results of the Council consultation on the 2015 Riccarton Road bus priority measures and Central Riccarton street enhancements.
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.