On 4 November a blessing and sod turning was held to celebration the start of construction on this project. The Prime Minister, John Key and Minister of Transport, Simon Bridges turned the first sod on this Project, which will extend the Northern Motorway through to QEII Drive and Cranford Street.
The final detailed design of the motorway is still being completed. However, a start to project construction is possible in some areas. The project will take four years to complete.
The CNC project includes:
- a new four-lane motorway starting just south of the Waimakariri River to connect with QEII Drive near Winters Road and then continue through Cranford Basin to link with Cranford Street
- an upgrade of QEII Drive to four lanes between Main North Road and Innes Road The addition of a third northbound lane on the Waimakariri Motorway Bridge through to Tram Road
- an upgrade of Cranford Street to four lanes to Innes Road
- off-road pedestrian and cycle facilities linking to existing and new cycle facilities in the area.
The Christchurch Northern Corridor (CNC) is the first alliance contracts of this size in the South Island. It is an alliance between the NZ Transport Agency, Christchurch City Council, Fulton Hogan, Aurecon and Jacobs.
The project brings many benefits to Christchurch and Canterbury including: more efficiently movement of Freight in and out of Christchurch and Lyttelton Port, and better access to the industrial growth area in Belfast. The CNC will make travel times in and out of Christchurch shorter and more reliable via all main routes – the CNC, Main North Road, Marshland Road and the Western Belfast Bypass (SH1) to be opened in early 2018.
This new motorway and its connections will be built to high modern safety standards and will also move heavy traffic off suburban roads making them safer, encouraging walking, cycling and the use of public transport – especially through Redwood and Belfast.
More information on the CNC project including staging, timing and community activities will be available soon. Watch this space and your emails, letterboxes and local papers for more details if you live in this area.
For more information on ways to reduce congestion on the Northern Motorway visit our Northern Corridor Congestion – Facts, Stats and Answers page.
This new motorway is critical to supporting the continued growth of Christchurch as a business centre and the export hub for the South Island’s economy, and to improving journey times for commuters. Many of these commuters have rebuilt their homes in North Canterbury following the earthquakes.
Safer streets – moving heavy traffic off suburban roads making them safer and encouraging walking, cycling and the use of public transport. The new motorway will be built to high modern safety standards.
Improved access – freight will move more efficiently in and out of Christchurch and Lyttelton Port.
Improved travel times – shorten travel times in and out of Christchurch and improve reliability via all main routes.
Economic growth – enable sustainable residential development in the north of Christchurch and support commercial and industrial development throughout Canterbury.