Tram extension remains on track despite earthquakes

Posted on January 21, 2011 by


From the Christchurch City Council website:

Tram work restarts for 2011

Work on the extension of Christchurch’s Central City tram route has restarted for the year following a slight delay as a result of damage to buildings caused by the Boxing Day earthquake. The project remains on track for completion in time for Rugby World Cup 2011.

High Street

Tram tracks will be laid along High Street, starting near the intersection of Manchester Street, from this week. The street will become one-way, heading from Lichfield Street to Tuam Street, for the duration of the work.

Cathedral Square

Work has started on Colombo Street, near Cathedral Square and Colombo Street from Hereford to Worcester has been reduced to one-way traffic northbound. The road will be closed entirely to traffic when construction is carried out in the road alongside the Cathedral – this is expected to take effect from mid-February.

Lichfield Street

Tracks are now being laid to the east of Manchester Street. The track will continue east before turning right, across the road, into Poplar Street. Pedestrian and vehicle access from Lichfield Street to Poplar Street will be restricted while the curved tracks are being laid across Lichfield Street. This section of work is expected to take four weeks to complete during February. Vehicular access to Poplar Street during this period will be via Ash Street; pedestrians will be directed to use the Cotter’s Lane entrance off Lichfield Street.

Can’t wait for this to be finished!