Crane lift postponed due to high winds

4 August 2016

Plans to use a crane to install the frame for the new Cable Car Lane canopy this weekend (5-8 August) have been postponed due to forecast high winds.

An artist’s impression of the new-look Cable Car Lane, featuring a glass canopy.

An artist's impression of how Cable Car Lane will look with the new glass canopy

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Council project manager Anna Harley says strong southerlies are expected over the next couple of days so a decision has reluctantly been made to delay the crane lift until next weekend (12-15 August).

“We’re keen to do this work as soon as possible but need conditions with little or no wind to complete it safely,” she says. “At this stage, the long-range forecast for next weekend is looking promising.”

Weather depending, the section of Lambton Quay between Willis Street and Brandon Street will be closed to traffic and buses next weekend from 8pm next Friday 12 August to 5am on Monday 15 August. 

A call will be made on Friday 12 August, and if it’s all go, traffic management will be in place from 8pm that night so the trolley wires can be temporarily taken down and the crane set up.

Weather depending, the traffic and bus detours and temporary parking restrictions that were planned for this weekend will instead happen next weekend. 

The work is being planned over a weekend to minimise disruption. 

Anna Harley says the crane work is an essential part of building the elegant new glass canopy that will replace the leaky old one that was removed last month. 

“The new canopy will let more light in and help make the lane a lot more attractive for the more than million people a year who travel on the Cable Car,” she says. 

“This is our second most popular tourist destination, a key transport link for locals, and right in the heart of Lambton Quay – so we want to improve the experience and make sure this lane is another we can be proud of.”