Cost blowout for Christchurch cycleway skyrockets to 14.2 million

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Mar 24, 2022 |

Christchurch City Council has approved an additional $5.6 million funding for the final section of the Heathcote Expressway – the cycleway that will link the Heathcote Valley to the city centre.

In 2016 high-level estimates put the cost of building the final section of the Heathcote Expressway – the section between the Tannery in Woolston and Martindales Road in Heathcote – at $8.6 million.

However, the estimated final cost of the project has increased to $14.2 million.

The council is blaming scope changes, rising construction costs, and the need to spend additional money on rail crossings, lighting, fencing, planting and consenting.

Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner said “we have been fortunate to receive $8.2 million in Shovel Ready funding from the Government for this project but that funding is contingent on the cycleway being completed. In order for that to happen, the Council needs to commit some additional funding.”

“Today we have agreed that $5.6 million in contingency funding from the Major Cycleways programme can be used to meet the shortfall in the costs of the final section of the Heathcote Expressway.”

“By committing this additional funding we can unlock the Government’s Shovel Ready funding and complete this important link in our cycleway network.”

“As a city we are committed to reducing our carbon emissions. One way we can do this is by promoting active travel and providing a safer cycling network. The Heathcote Expressway forms an important part of that network and we don’t want to leave it half-finished.’’

While the Council has agreed to provide the extra funding for the Heathcote Expressway, Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Chief Executive Dawn Baxendale will approach other entities, including NZTA, about funding the additional costs of the cycleway.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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