Accessible City

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Key traffic changes

Accessible City is underway

Work for first central city travel network projects began 21 November 2014.

Keep up to date with key Accessible City traffic changes in the central city.

For further information read the goals for An Accessible City.

Our central city needs to be safe, accessible, and people friendly. As we create exciting new places to live and visit in the central city, Accessible City will create the network which makes it easy, safe and enjoyable to move around.

An Accessible City plans for:

  • future road layouts
  • providing for pedestrians, cycles, public transport and private vehicles
  • speed zones and streetscapes
  • parking
  • service vehicle requirements

The An Accessible City transport chapter is an addendum to the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, replacing the previous transport chapter, and was launched in October 2013. Work on the first group of projects will begin in late 2014.

View a map which shows how the first phase of plans for part of the new central city network will help people get to, from and in-between Anchor Project destinations [600K PDF file].

Read about how Accessible City provides the plan for the best routes for travelling to, from and in-between the new Anchor Project destinations.

Explore how Accessible City works on this map viewer »

Watch a short introductory video about An Accessible City

Read questions and answers »

See how the new central city travel network will work.

A series of short videos zoom in on how traffic will move through parts of the central city. These videos will help you understand the big picture for the new network.

Anchor Projects Development Director Rob Kerr also talks you through some of the changes and how they fit into the big picture.

Watch Accessible City videos »


Accessible City identifies the importance of enough parking as well as a balance of on-street and off-street parking across the central city.

The right balance means there will be enough car parks for a vibrant central city economy, while making sure that the total number of car parks supports a welcoming central city environment. It will also help our new central city travel network to stay uncongested.

This all adds up to well-located car parking that is readily accessible, without dominating city streets.

Find a park now in the central city »

Future demand for parking

The challenge to meet future demand for the central city is being met head on by Christchurch City Council and CERA. Read more about this in the Future Christchurch Update.

Read Council's draft Parking Plan outlining guiding principles for providing and managing central city parking.

Important safety information for cyclists in the Central City - advance notice of changes outside the new Bus Interchange

Cyclists who will be using the cycle lane on Tuam Street outside the new Bus Interchange, need to be aware of important safety information.

There will be new separated cycle lanes outside the new Bus Interchange on Tuam Street and buses will be turning across the cycle lane to enter the Interchange.

When buses have a green bus-only light, cyclists have a red cycle-only stop light. Cyclists will be warned that a red light is coming by on-road orange flashing LED lights. Cyclists need to get ready to STOP on the red light.

Learn more about what cyclists need to do to keep safe [PDF 207KB, 2 pages]

Read the An Accessible City transport chapter

An Accessible City cover

Accessible City plans for how we will avoid congested streets in the future as more people live in and travel to the central city as a destination.

Read An Accessible City (with District Plan provisions) [PDF 5MB]
This is the full version of the chapter containing the District Plan provisions.

Read An Accessible City (with District Plan provisions) [MS WORD DOC MB]

The chapter builds on the Christchurch City Council's 'Share an Idea' campaign and resulting draft Central City Plan, and on decisions made in the Recovery Plan released on 31 July 2012. It also draws on the Greater Christchurch Recovery Strategy, the Christchurch Transport Strategic Plan and the Regional Public Passenger Transport Plan.

Streets & Spaces Design Guide

The Streets & Spaces Design Guide supports the implementation of An Accessible City by promoting the construction of public spaces (public realm network) that are people focused and aims to bring together public realm projects (public and private) in the central city in a coherent and coordinated way.