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Quay Street roadworks and disruption updates Quay Street roadworks and disruption updates

Over the next two years, activities and movement along and around Quay Street and the Ferry Basin will be affected by Downtown Programme construction as we work towards completion.

As part of the Quay Street enhancements programme, construction sites were established on the Southern side of the footpath from the first week of July. Access to all businesses, properties and streets will be maintained at all times. See maps below for site layouts and pedestrian details.

The Quay Street streetscape works along the southern side are expected to be complete early 2020.

Early next year the works will progress to the northern side of Quay Street, with a full programmed QSE completion date of late December 2020, ready for America’s Cup in 2021.

Quay Street has changed for good. So now is a good time to change your journey to avoid the works.

Try a new route or a new mode of transport. Visit our Journey Planner to view your transport options by bus and train.

Quay Street traffic flow map during construction

Key enabling works have finished on the southern side of Quay Street allowing traffic lanes to shift to the northern edge of Quay Street. We expect this layout to remain in place til late 2019, but there may be some shifts in the lanes when specific works require it.

Please continue to drive with caution and be alert to the right turn restrictions. These are in place to maintain traffic flow along Quay Street. (See map below).

We are constantly monitoring the traffic flow and making adjustments where required, so please maintain awareness of any traffic layout changes as well as other road users and pedestrians.

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Construction is currently underway along Quay Street - below we list any new changes that could affect you.

Current works – updated 12 september 2019.

Traffic restrictions to note:

  • Temporary bus stop now located in front of M Social Hotel.
  • Traffic now running along northern side of Quay Street.
  • No right turn into or out of Lower Albert Street.
  • No right turn into Commerce Street from Quay Street.
  • No right turn into Gore Street from Quay Street.
  • No right turn into Britomart Place from Quay.
  • Right turn permitted into Queens Wharf.
  • 30km/h temporary speed limit for Quay Street.
  • Dedicated cycle lane maintained.
  • Safe pedestrian access maintained.

Please continue to drive with caution and be alert to the right turn restrictions. These are in place to maintain traffic flow along Quay Street.

For non-Downtown programme roadworks and disruption, please visit the Roadworks and disruptions section.


Works transforming Downtown right now

Continuing Works:

  • Works continue at the Ferry Basin.
  • Streetscape enhancement continues along the southern (city) side of Quay Street between Lower Hobson Street and Commerce Street until early 2020.
  • Seawall piling works continue along the northern (harbour) side of Quay Street (between Queens Wharf and Marsden Wharf) until December 2019.

New works:

  • Tuesday 10 September 2019: 7 day closure of a section of the footpath running along the roadside of the Ferry Basin. Pedestrian detours will be in place.
  • Monday 16 September 2019: Site extended on the western end of Quay Street (southern side at Lower Hobson St intersection) to house jet grout silo and compound.
  • Mid-September 2019:
    • Raised platform construction starts in front of 137-139 Quay Street. No access restriction to businesses or pedestrians (10 day construction period).
    • Modifications to the Lower Hobson Street slip-lane which will require short term closure from Quay Street and diversions for one week.
  • Late-September 2019:
    • New site established along the northern side of Quay Street from Princes Wharf (outside Burger Boy to Ferry Basin). East - west pedestrian thoroughfare and cycle lane will be maintained.

To see the current road and worksite layout on Quay Street see the map below:

Quay Street Access Plan web
Access to businesses and properties will be maintained at all times.

Quay Street southern edge - Commerce Street to Lower Queen Street

From Monday 8 July the site fencing will be pulled forward along southern footpath (green area below) to leave a 1.5 metre pedestrian walkway. On some occasions the footpath will be temporarily closed to allow construction activity (see temporary footpath closure map below).

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Temporary footpath closure layout Commerce Street to Lower Queen Street

Downtown Site Map 4

Quay Street southern edge - Lower Queen Street to Lower Albert Street

There will be no though pedestrian access along southern side of Quay Street between Lower Albert Street and Lower Queen Street. Please cross at lights to use northern Quay Street footpath.

Downtown Site Map 2

Emergency egress from HSBC onto Quay Street will be maintained. Access to all properties will be maintained at all times.

Quay Street southern edge - Lower Albert Street to Lower Hobson Street

Quay Street bus stop 1346 has been relocated outside MSocial Hotel. This affects services 95B, 95C, 95G, 97B, 97R, 97V.

Quay Street bus stop 1346

There will be no pedestrian access across southern side of Lower Albert Street / Quay Street intersection. Please cross at lights to northern Quay Street footpath.

Downtown Site Map 1

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Southern side: Quay Street Enhancement: July 2019 – late 2020: Streetscape works continue along the southern side (city side) of Quay Street between Lower Hobson Street and Commerce Street.

  • 11 new raingardens are now complete
  • New utility trenches now underway and complete by end of September 2019.

There is 7 day trial footpath width closure across the Ferry Basin from 16th September. Detours through new ramped section will be in place. There will be changes for pedestrians crossing Quay Street at Lower Albert Street. Ambassadors and traffic controllers will be onsite to assist.

Important: There will be no changes for passengers catching ferries from Piers 3 and 4.

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Southern side: Quay Street Enhancement: July 2019 – late 2020: Streetscape works continue along the southern side (city side) of Quay Street between Lower Hobson Street and Commerce Street.

  • Stormwater connection works are underway.
  • New excavation now underway at bottom of Lower Albert Street ready for the installation of the new stormwater filtration manhole. Due to be complete early October.

There is no pedestrian access along southern side of Quay Street between Lower Albert Street and Lower Queen Street (in front of HSBC).

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Southern side: Quay Street Enhancement: July 2019 – late 2020: Streetscape works continue along the southern side (city side) of Quay Street between Lower Hobson Street and Commerce Street.

Construction of the new Palisade Wall between Queens Wharf and Marsden Wharf will reinforce the existing 100 year old seawall that runs along Quay Street.

Pile construction between Cooks Wharf and Marsden Wharf is targeting completion by Friday 20 September. Once complete, the 100 tonne rig will start moving westwards towards Queens Wharf. These completed piles are 15 metres long and 1.2 metres in diameter.

Due to the size of this machine and the nature of the works, these seismic strengthening works do result in intermittent bursts of noise disruption which will continue through until December this year.

Marine Works

Ferry basin redevelopment works Queens Wharf - June to late - March 2020

Two 100 tonne cranes have been at work on Queens Wharf since late July installing 253 new piles for new breakwater wall, canopies and pontoons. Piling will continue for around six months.

Update: Most of the staged construction activity on the northern side of the Ferry Basin is complete with new works about to begin:

  • Eastern and western ramps have been installed and are now in use.
  • 39 new breakwater piles are now complete
  • 4 new canopy piles are now complete.
  • Vibro and hammer piling from Queen’s Wharf to construct the new breakwater wall and canopy continue.
  • Vibro piling from the jack up barge has now commenced to construct the new pontoons.

Tree investigations and temporary relocation works

Tree relocation of the pohutukawa trees from Princes Wharf to the Ferry Building is complete. Once works have finished they'll be returned from their temporary home in Teal Park.

Downtown tree relocation sign cartoon imagery

These trees will be replanted at Teal Park where they can enjoy some peace and quiet until their return to Quay Street. Teal Park is already home to a number of Quay Street pohutukawa trees that took up their residence their early last year when the cycleway was extended

The trees will returned to site when the works are completed in late 2020.