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Waitaha – Canterbury


More than $1.3 billion is being invested in Waitaha – Canterbury during the 2021–24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) to create a safe, more resilient road and rail network, that will support the movement of people and goods. 

Waitaha – Canterbury NLTP 2022 update

Graphic showing 1.3 billion forecast investment

Latest news

Cars travelling along a road in a rural setting

Safer, more enjoyable travel

New safer speed limits are now in place for SH73 and SH75 from Christchurch to Akaroa. The changes follow a review earlier in the year and will make travel on this popular tourist route much safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

SH73/SH75 Christchurch to Akaroa and SH74 Lyttelton new permanent speed limits

A large truck next to people in high vis gear inspecting the road

Bridge repair success

It was a great team effort that saw the Ashburton River bridge repaired with minimal delays to traffic, after damage caused by flooding in May 2021. The flooding caused damage to a pier and part of the bridge to slump, meaning the main river flow had to be diverted to enable the repairs to take place.

Ashburton bridge update(external link)

Roads with lines and circles marking spaces for pedestrians

Streets for People

The Christchurch City Council has successfully trialled five different changes to city streets aimed at creating safer, healthier and more people-friendly spaces. Using bright paint, street furniture, lower speeds and new art, the projects have showcased innovative ways of helping people to safely navigate their neighbourhood. 

Streets for People in Canterbury(external link)

Major work underway

Map showing location of key projects in the Canterbury region

View larger map [PDF, 411 KB]

SH73 West Melton

Work is underway on significant safety improvements on SH73 at the intersection with Weedons Ross Road at West Melton. The project, including installation of traffic lights, is expected to be completed in June 2023.

SH73 West Melton improvements

Walnut Avenue, Ashburton

Safety and access improvements on State Highway 1 (West Street) and East Street with Walnut Avenue are on schedule  to be completed  at the end of 2022. This small, yet complex project, has involved replacing two roundabouts with traffic lights, and integrating those lights with new rail level crossing signals. The project also includes improved pedestrian and cycling facilities.

Walnut Avenue intersection improvements

Tinwald corridor improvements

Detailed design is progressing on the upgrade of SH1/Lagmhor Road/Agnes Street intersection in Tinwald to make it safer for people to cross between the two residential areas to the east and west of SH1. Construction is expected to start mid-2023.

SH1 Tinwald corridor improvements

Rolleston safety improvements

At Rolleston, we’re making final changes to the recommended plan following community feedback. This project will improve safety and the connections between residential and business communities either side of SH1. Once the business case is finished we will start detailed design.

SH1 Rolleston transport improvements

SH75 Halswell Road

Installation of bus lanes on SH75, from Dunbars to Curletts roads, will increase the reliability and improve journey times for public transport services between south-west Christchurch and the central city. The project is in the detailed design phase, with construction expected to start in 2024.

SH75 Halswell Road improvements

SH76 Brougham Street

Improvements to Brougham Street will make it safer and easier for people to do everyday things like taking children to school, moving goods and travelling to work. We are working on the detailed design for this busy road, including design of the proposed T2 lanes and overbridge between Collins Street and Simeon Street. We expect to start work in 2023.

SH76 Brougham Street upgrade

PT Futures

Two business cases have been completed on improvements to Christchurch’s existing bus network and funding for the improvements are now being pursued by the Greater Christchurch Partnership. A third Indicative Business Case is being developed on a longer-term, aspirational rapid transit system. This is occurring alongside land use planning for Greater Christchurch

Mackenzie Basin pull-over areas

Pull-over areas have been built in the Mackenzie Basin on SH8, SH79 and SH80 to improve safety for tourists stopping to look at and capture the beauty of the picturesque landscape. We are working with mana whenua on an art project for one of the sites, just south of Burkes Pass.

SH8, SH79, SH80 MacKenzie Basin pull-over areas

Maintenance update

Maintenance activity undertaken during 2021/22:

  • Rehabilitation (completely rebuilding the road) – 10.2 lane kms
  • Resurfacing (replacing asphalt) – 11.6 lane kms
  • Resealing (adding new layer of chipseal) – 200.0 lane kms
  • SCRIM resealing (improving skid resistance) – 8.2 lane kms
  • Network renewed – 7.9%
  • Total state highway maintenance spend – $65,550,888

Maintenance infographic for 2021/22 [JPG, 1.1 MB]

Planned maintenance for 2022/23:

  • Rehabilitations – 19km
  • Resurfacing – 19.8km
  • Resealing – 238.7km
  • Percentage of network to be renewed – 9.5%
  • Total state highway spend – $58.3m

Maintenance infographic for 2022/23 [PNG, 144 KB]


SH1 Rolleston transport improvements

Feedback from the Rolleston community has helped to shape plans for a more direct flyover connection between Rolleston Drive North and Jones Road, as part of improvements recommended to improve safety and connections in and around the township. Throughout July, the community was invited to learn about the modified plans and how their feedback influenced the new design.

SH1 Rolleston transport improvements

Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking feedback on its speed management plan for state highways. Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 12 December 2022.

Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan consultation