The open day held on 28 March was a successful and enjoyable day. There are photos on in our gallery page.
The installation of wick drains and pile driving work is progressing well at Winters Road, Main North Road, and Belfast Road. A working platform (.5m layer of compacted earth and stone) is being laid along the entire length of the new road alignment. This will allow work to continue in the winter months. The detailed design for other areas of the project should be finalised by mid-2017.
What is the CNC Project
The Christchurch Northern Corridor will extend the Northern Motorway through to QEII Drive and Cranford Street and included:
- 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.
For more details on the CNC project, click on the map below.
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.
For more information on ways to reduce congestion on the Northern Motorway visit our Northern Corridor Congestion – Facts, Stats and Answers page.