Waterloo Quay Upgrade

9 August 2010

Work about to begin on Waterloo Quay will transform the pedestrian route between the cruise ship terminal and the city centre before Rugby World Cup 2011.

The Council's project manager beside Waterloo Quay where the work will begin

The Council's project manager beside Waterloo Quay where the work will begin

The improvements are the second stage in a long-term project designed to make this approach to the city more attractive and eventually improve pedestrian access from the city to the Interisland terminal. A more-than 100-year-old water main will also be replaced.

Last year, we improved the route as far as the Bluebridge terminal, including new traffic signals at Kings Wharf.

The Council's Acting Infrastructure Director, Maria Archer, says the latest work will start where we left off, at the Westpac Stadium walking ramp, and take just under a year. It will include moving the train track on the harbour side in towards the port so a new footpath can be developed alongside the road. On the other side, we'll be widening and upgrading the footpath to just past the stadium. More pohutukawa - like the ones down the centre of Jervois Quay - will be planted on both sides of the road.

"We want to make this approach to the city greener and more appealing for pedestrians and motorists alike," she says.

CentrePort Chief Executive Blair O'Keeffe is pleased this work is about to get under way.

"When it's finished, it will enhance the appearance of a key gateway to the city," he says.

"Visitors from the increasing number of cruise ships calling at the port, who choose to walk to the city or back to their ship, will find the walk a more pleasant experience."

The project will also include more rain gardens - landscaped areas that not only make the city look better but allow stormwater to be managed more sustainably.

Rather than going straight down a drain and into the harbour, stormwater is channelled through gardens, where earth and plants help to filter out any pollutants. The system has other benefits too. The trees get watered, and in a flash flood, the earth and tree pits (the large underground concrete containers that stop roots damaging other services) provide some retention, helping to control the amount of water that would otherwise rush into the stormwater system.

The new water main will ensure a secure water supply for the area and the increasing number of businesses locating here. It will be replaced in sections between Bunny Street and Aotea Quay over the next three to four months.

Traffic is not expected to be affected at the weekends, peak times or before, during and after events at the stadium. Two northbound lanes should be operating as usual between 3.00pm - 6.00pm, Mondays to Thursdays, and from 2.00pm on Fridays.

However, traffic heading out of town will be reduced to one lane around the work during the day and after 6.00pm.

To reduce the likelihood of congestion and delays at these times for the next few months, drivers may want to avoid the Aotea Quay on-ramp.