Frequently Asked Questions

What is happening?

We’re installing peak hour bus lanes along both sides of Lincoln Road, between Moorhouse Avenue and Whiteleigh Avenue. We’ll also be making other changes to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

The work will include:

  • A new pedestrian crossing will be installed by Addington Village, allowing people to cross the road safely
  • Installing new bus stops and shelters
  • Upgrading the Barrington/Whiteleigh Avenue intersection
  • Installing new parking bays
  • Replacing footpaths and water mains
  • Improving street lighting
  • Stormwater and drainage work
  • Moving kerb and channel and road resurfacing
  • The speed limit on Lincoln Road, between Moorhouse Avenue and Whiteleigh Avenue, will be reduced to 30kmh
When is this happening?

Work is due to start on Monday 2 May 2022 and is expected to be completed in November 2022

Why is this happening?

The southwest of Christchurch is growing fast, with 35,000 people expected to move into the area over the next 30 years.

This growth puts pressure on our travel network, so we need to prepare and plan for a better ways for people to travel to and from the central city.

The peak hour bus lanes will create more reliable journey times to get everyone where they want to go on time and to improve safety for all road users.

We’re also replacing ageing watermains along Lincoln Road to create a more reliable network.

Where is it happening?
  • Lincoln Road between Moorhouse Avenue and Whiteleigh Avenue – road works
  • Moorhouse Avenue between Selwyn Street and Lincoln Road – road works
  • The intersection of Barrington Street and Whiteleigh Avenue – road works
  • Lincoln Road and Hazeldean Road – watermains
Will on-street parking be removed during the work?

On-street parking within the work area will be affected, and road cones will indicate where parking will not be available. We will be keeping the work area as small as practical to minimise disruption to parking.

Who is the contractor?

This is a Council project. Isaac Construction has been appointed as the lead contractor on the bus lane and watermain works.

When are you holding Meet the Contractor sessions?

Due to the current Omicron outbreak, we are holding an online information session for people wanting to find out more about the project. This will be held on Tuesday 26 April 2022 between 5.30 and 7.30pm. You can register online by emailing A link to register for the webinar will be sent back which needs to be filled out to join. You will have the opportunity to ask questions in the registration as well as in the webinar. Please let us know by 5pm, Monday 18 April if you would like to attend. Cannot make this time? More information about the project, including questions and answers are available online. These will be updated following the online information session. You can view these here.
You are also welcome to phone to talk to us directly about the project on 03 941 8999.

How noisy is this going to be?

Usual construction noise is to be expected during the work. There will some noise coming from trucks, heavy machinery and workers along the road to as we dig up the road and install the water pipeline and upgrade the road and surrounding Addington village area.

Where can I park my car?

At times parking will be temporarily removed along Lincoln Road and cones will indicate areas where parking will not be available. Side street parking will be available.

Where can I catch the bus?

You’ll be able to catch the bus as normal. The bus stops will be temporarily relocated throughout the project to enable new ones to be constructed. There will be clear signs showing where the temporary bus stops are located. Where it is not possible for us to put in a temporary bus stop, passengers will be asked to use the next stop. We ask passengers to allow extra time.

What happens if my business is affected as a result of these works?

We will be working closely with businesses in the work area to ensure business needs are met. Ongoing communication on progress will be provided on upcoming works. The contractor also has a dedicated communications manager to proactively work with businesses on any issues that may arise.

What happens during long weekends and public holidays?

Works may be undertaken during long weekends. The extent of the works undertaken during these periods will be notified as part of any project updates. When work is not underway, the work area will be made safe and temporary traffic management reduced where possible.

  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday 6 June 2022
  • Matariki – Friday 24 June 2022
  • Labour Day – Monday 24 October 2022
Why was the contract awarded to Isaac Construction?

The Council chose Isaac Construction to lead the Lincoln Road Bus Lane and Watermain upgrade project as they have extensive experience in a number of similar projects around Christchurch.

Isaac Construction Ltd also won the tender in a competitive tender process.

What are you doing first?

The work will be carried out in stages to balance the impacts to road users, businesses and residents.

We anticipate starting with the installation of the new watermain at Hazeldean Road together with new kerb and channel on the south side of Lincoln Road.

We will use open trenching to install the new watermain. This involves digging a trench in the road to access the existing wastewater pipes. This can be up to two metres deep and usually around 1.5 metres wide. Once we reach the pipes, we remove them and replace them with new pipes.