Easter In South Means Tram Work


While Auckland’s rail services shut down over Easter for important second line track work and other development, Christchurch gets essential public transport work done in the way they know best - trams.
The busy city intersection of Colombo Street and Hereford Street will be closed for almost a week, including over Easter to allow tram tracks to be laid.
This is part of the council’s plan for an extension of the city tram service, the first stage to the corner of High and Tuam streets, being completed in time for the RWC.

Artist sketch | Christchurch City Council

The council, when funding was approved, said that the route selected for the tram extension “fits with the council’s strategy to revitalise the Central City, linking destinations north and south of Cathedral Square. The tram is expected to attract more development in the up-and-coming area of the Central City South.”

The road closure will come into effect next week from 7pm Wednesday March 31 , and run until Tuesday evening,  April 6. Public bus services will be diverted around the site, however other vehicles will have some limited use of the intersection. One lane of traffic will remain open on the south west corner of the intersection, next to TSB Bank, allowing vehicles travelling north on Colombo Street to turn left into Hereford Street, and those travelling east on Hereford Street to turn right into Colombo Street. Considerable delays are to be expected if using this lane.

MAP of tram extension




  1. max says:

    Lets hope at some point these heritage extensions become real tram links.

  2. Jeremy Harris says:

    Central City South doesn’t sound like an exciting area… Is that the best name they can think of..?

  3. JSH says:

    Ill be more excited when they announce the use of the metrocard on the tram.

    Walked the full length of High Street the other day for the first time in years. Very funky area, lots of cafes, arty shops, bars, and apartments. I can see how the tram will work well here, should be very good.


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