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Project introduction

As part of the State Highway 1 (SH1) from Picton to Christchurch road improvements investigations, the NZ Transport Agency is investigating improvements to the Woodend urban corridor, so it is safer, more accessible and provides a good level of service for all users.

  • Project type

    Road improvements
  • Project status


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SH1 carries around 17,400 vehicles — 11 per cent of which are heavy vehicles — through Woodend in North Canterbury every day. The highway forms the ‘main street’ of Woodend and bisects the community.

While a 50km/h speed limit applies through Woodend, the highway traffic flow dominates and peaks considerably during weekends and holidays.

The Transport Agency, in consultation with the community and industry groups, is planning safety improvements to the SH1 corridor in Woodend in the short-to-medium term phase.

Following consultation, and in addition to these safety improvements, the Transport Agency's long-term plans include an upgrade to SH1 with a bypass to the east of Woodend.

Next steps

The Transport Agency is consulting with the Woodend community and interest groups to investigate suitable options for medium term improvements to SH1, with the aim of making SH1 in Woodend safer and more accessible.

The next step is to gather and consider community feedback about our proposed improvements before finalising them.

If funding is approved, we will update the community with expected construction dates and stages.

We will also consider community feedback when making a final decision on what the speed limits should be. It is hoped any new speed limits can be implemented in 2019.

Safety improvements map

Map of the Woodend Corridor safety improvements

Project partners

  • Mana Whenua – Mahaanui Kurataiao Ltd on behalf of Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri
  • Waimakariri District Council

This project is aligned with the SH1 Ashley to Belfast Safe Roads project.