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Project introduction

As part of the State Highway 1 (SH1) from Picton to Christchurch road improvements investigations, the NZ Transport Agency is investigating improvements to the Woodend urban corridor, so it is safer, more accessible and provides a good level of service for all users.

  • Project type

    Road improvements
  • Project status


Project updates

Woodend safety improvement update
Woodend 2018 consultation results
Project update and feedback form - October 2018
Project updates, (PDF)
Customer insights report - 2016
Public consultation, (PDF)

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SH1 carries around 16,000 vehicles – 11 per cent of which are heavy vehicles – through Woodend in North Canterbury every day. The highway forms the ‘main street’ of Woodend and bisects the community.

While a 50km/h speed limit applies through Woodend, the highway traffic flow dominates and peaks considerably during weekends and holidays.

The Transport Agency, in consultation with the community and industry groups, is planning safety improvements to the SH1 corridor in Woodend in the short-to-medium term phase.

Following consultation, and in addition to these safety improvements, the Transport Agency's long-term plans include an upgrade to SH1 with a bypass to the east of Woodend.

Next steps

The Transport Agency is consulting with the Woodend community and interest groups to investigate suitable options for improvements to SH1 for the next ten-year period.

Community and stakeholder feedback, as well as technical findings will assist the Transport Agency to formulate and design the best safety solutions.

Once feedback has been received, the next steps are to formulate some cost-effective short-to-medium term options for improvements with the aim of making SH1 in Woodend, safer and more accessible.

These options will be presented to the community for feedback towards the end of 2018.

Feedback will assist in determining the preferred option for more detailed investigation and analysis.

Safety improvements map

Map of the Woodend Corridor safety improvements

Project partners

  • Mana Whenua – Mahaanui Kurataiao Ltd on behalf of Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri
  • Waimakariri District Council

This project is aligned with the SH1 Ashley to Belfast Safe Roads project.