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Project overview

Project Introduction

On 6 November 2012, the NZ Transport Agency lodged its regulatory consents application for the Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 2 and Main South Road Four Laning Project with the Environmental Protection Authority.

  • Project type

    Roads of national significance
  • Project status

    Investigation

Project updates

Purpose

The Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 2 and Main South Road Four Laning Project will widen and upgrade the existing Main South Road to a four-lane median separated expressway and a new section of State Highway  to connect with the Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 1.

Benefits

The Christchurch Motorways project is one of seven ‘roads of national significance’ projects identified by the Government as essential state highways requiring upgrading to reduce congestion, improve safety and support economic growth in New Zealand.

The NZ Transport Agency will work closely with regional partners, stakeholders and local communities to deliver a quality State Highway that will best benefit the region and New Zealand for many years to come.

Project timeline

On 6 November 2012, the NZ Transport Agency lodged its regulatory consents application for the Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 2 and Main South Road Four Laning Project with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

On 16 February the EPA publically notified this project, which was referred to a Board of Inquiry (BoI) for decision.  The hearing to consider submissions and evidence was held over 6 days between Monday 1 July and Tuesday 16 July 2013.

In November 2013 the BoI’s approved the NZ Transport Agency’s application for the Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 2 project. Details of the BoI’s decision can be found on the Environmental Protection Authority’s website (external link) .

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