Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey has welcomed the awarding of the construction contract for the Christchurch Northern Corridor as the next phase in providing reliable travel times for North Canterbury commuters.
Construction on the $240 million project is expected to start in October, Doocey said.
“I was impressed by the progress on the Western Belfast Bypass when I invited the Prime Minister recently to a briefing by construction contractors Fulton Hogan, who told us the project is progressing ahead of schedule, under budget and on track,” Doocey said.
The bypass is expected to divert about 50 to 60 per cent of motorists into Christchurch and, coupled with the Christchurch Northern Corridor, will reduce pressure on Main North Road and Marshland Road, Doocey added.
The NZ Transport Agency, Christchurch City Council, Fulton Hogan, Aurecon and Jacobs will work together under an alliance contract. The project will include the construction of a third northbound lane on the motorway on the Waimakariri Bridge through to Tram Road.
“I meet a range of people in my role – from business people to community groups to people on the street – who are upbeat that Waimakariri is heading in the right direction and is on track. Waimakariri residents can anticipate more reliable travel times and better connections to Christchurch that will bring major benefits to North Canterbury, including for our local economy and for tourism,” Doocey said.