Since 1964 the Lyttelton Tunnel has been a critical road link between the Port of Lyttelton and Christchurch, reducing the travel distance between the two by around 8km. This tunnel is a vital transport artery for delivering the goods and services needed to rebuild Christchurch.
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The Lyttelton Tunnel provides a critical road link between the Port of Lyttelton and Christchurch.
New Zealand's longest road tunnel is designed to handle 2,400 vehicles an hour. In 1965, an average of 2,805 vehicles a day used the tunnel. In 2011 this figure is just over 11,000 vehicles a day including around 1,260 heavy commercial vehicles, underlining the tunnel’s importance as a key freight route.