Riccarton Road upgrade

We're 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 disruption to the public.

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There's a lot of work to complete both above and below the ground on Riccarton Road. The underground pipes are almost 100 years old and need replacing, and the road above has deteriorated and needs resurfacing and reshaping.

We are currently replacing the sewer pipes

Work to replace the sewer pipes began on 1 April 2019. Read the full details of what that means on Newsline.(external link)

Everything’s still open along Riccarton Road – that’s why you’ll see lots of hoardings, plinths and signs reminding what shops are open and where to find them, and where to park.

Traffic is still moving in both directions, and parking is available via Rimu Street and Straven Road.

Map of riccarton road

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.

You can contact Council on 03 941 8999 (0800 800 169) or RiccartonRoad@ccc.govt.nz for more information.

Or contact Fulton Hogan on 0800 ROAD FH (0800 762 334), 24 hours 7 days, for construction related queries.

Riccarton Road upgrade - Harakeke Street to Matipo Street

Initial work

18 February 2019 for two weeks

We need to locate services underneath Riccarton Road, remove street furniture, trees and kerb and establish fences and pedestrian safe zones.


4 March 2019 for six weeks

Road layout for sewer work

Road layout for sewer work

We will build trenches to the south of Riccarton Road at three points, starting east of each stage and working progressively west, as shown in the attached plan [PDF, 696 KB].

We expect to complete approximately 20 metres of piping per day. We will resurface trenches with temporary asphalt as we go.

Traffic will remain two way but lane shifts will be in place.


1 April 2019 to early 2020

Road layout for sewer main work

Road layout for sewer main work

Trenches will be formed in the centre of Riccarton Road. Due to the depth of the sewer pipes, this work will progress slowly and we expect to complete one metre of piping per day.

We will lay temporary asphalt on completed sections of pipe soon after we finish them.

Traffic will remain two way.

Work on hold

Late November 2019 to 6 January 2020

Work will stop over Show Week and the Christmas period so that Riccarton Road businesses can trade without disruption.

Roading and streetscaping

Late 2019 to August 2020

We will reconstruct the road, install footpaths, landscaping and street furniture.

The bus lanes will be added as well as the central median.

Works completed

August 2020

Stage 1 – Deans Avenue to Harakeke Street


Riccarton Road sewer pipe

Riccarton Road sewer pipe

Stage 1 included:

  • Traffic lights have replaced the roundabout at the intersection of Riccarton Road and Deans Avenue
  • The underground pipes in Riccarton Road and Harakeke Street have been replaced
  • New traffic signals at a new pedestrian/cycle crossing at the railway have been installed

Stage 2 – Harakeke Street to Matipo Street

Starting in February 2019 and expected to be completed by August 2020.

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. These are being done at the same time to minimise the disruption to the public.

Work will be completed by Fulton Hogan Limited during both day and night. Fulton Hogan Limited will keep you informed on how this may affect you and when.

Impression of Riccarton Road once the upgrade is complete

Impression of Riccarton Road once the upgrade is complete

Key features of stage 2

  • 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

Key features of the tree-lined median include:

  • trees have a calming effect which slows traffic speeds
  • slower speeds and streetscape enhancements make the central Riccarton section more of a destination for shoppers
  • providing a refuge for pedestrians crossing the road 

Plans for stage 2

Bus priority

A bus priority is used 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.

Riccarton Road is the second busiest transport corridor after the central city, bringing passengers from all over the city and linking them with other core routes. It has over 800 bus movements a day and around 3000 passengers boarding per weekday on this road alone.

Public transport allows more people to move along Riccarton Road at one time and the bus priority measures will provide more reliable bus travel, especially at peak times when people need to get to work or home.

The bus priority measures being installed along Riccarton Road include:

  • sections of bus lane on each side of the road
  • bus lights at traffic signals so buses can proceed ahead of general traffic
  • longer bus stops so alighting and departing is easier and quicker


Parking on Riccarton Road is being removed to allow space for the new road layout and bus priority.

The Council has created a time-restricted car park behind Riccarton Road between Rimu Street and Straven Road to replace it.

Parking map