Christchurch Southern Motorway Work To Start


Now it’s Christchurch’s turn to get a motorway injection.

This morning, the transport minister turned the first sod on the Christchurch Southern Motorway stage one extension. It’s the first step in a major $730 million upgrade to the highway system leading into and around Christchurch.
Work is starting four months ahead of schedule and the plan is for the full project to be completed within 10 years.
The highway will provide better access to the Christchurch CBD, Lyttleton port and bypassing Templeton and the industrial areas around Hornby.
Minister Steven Joyce told the gathering: “With New Zealand’s second largest airport and second busiest exporting port, Christchurch is undeniably the transport gateway for business and tourism, for the whole South Island Improving the access to the city and its air and sea ports will help achieve the step-change in economic growth that this country needs.

The Christchurch Southern Motorway stage one extension was one of five medium-large projects nationwide to benefit from the Government’s short-term $142 million stimulus package announced last year.




  1. Willuknight says:

    where abouts has the work started? If you give me an address I can take some photos for you?

  2. Anthony says:

    i don’t go to Christchurch often, because my dad say there are too many traffic lights, it’s a great shame bypassing on state highway one because I love the city. nice to see a motorway getting built there.


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