Big changes ahead for Victoria Street

11 December 2014

Over the next seven months, we’re giving Victoria Street a makeover in preparation for an influx of residents and pedestrians.

Artists impression of Victoria Street improvements.

A new paved path is planned for the corner of Dixon and Victoria streets

Work began in November between Vivian and Abel Smith streets and is set to ramp up in the new year. The three blocks south of Dixon Street will be affected as we clear the way for wider tree-lined footpaths, southbound cycle improvements, and two new paved parks.

The work will be noisy and involve parking restrictions, pedestrian detours, and lane changes. This is likely to include the closure of the northbound lane between Vivian and Dixon streets from early January.

The old garden beds will be removed but we’ll be shifting and using many of the plants elsewhere. Unfortunately, some of the trees will also have to go but four of the large elms will be part of the new-look street, along with about 55 new Italian alder trees.

The area is set to become a vibrant inner city neighbourhood, with several new apartment complexes planned and a proposed new Whitireia and WelTec campus on the Farmers/Deka site. Our $11 million upgrade is designed to support and encourage that growth, which is in line with our vision for the area and new Urban Growth Plan.

Our aim is to transform this area as swiftly as possible. That may mean short delays at times but every effort will be made to keep traffic flowing smoothly at peak times.