Queen Street Upgrade

This page provides a brief overview of the Queen Street Upgrade project, which is now complete.

Queen Street is Open!

Massive thanks 

We'd like to say thank you to everyone for their patience while this project was completed.

It was a major piece of work to upgrade ageing pipes and create an improved street environment - there was no quick and easy way to do it. The end result is a long-term fix that's good for everyone.

Bus Stop Relocation in July

The bus stop in front of the police station in Queen Street is now operating. This is where you catch NBus services to Nelson. The temporary stop in Talbot Street is no longer in use.

 Queen St bus stops July 2018

New Streetscape

The new streetscape is in place. It's a safer and easier space to navigate for pedestrians, particularly those with limited sight and mobility.

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Here's how it works:

  • Wider footpaths - our beautiful wide footpaths are for pedestrians to use and enjoy and should be obstacle-free for those in wheelchairs, with canes, pushing prams and so on. We ask businesses to limit their use of anything that might create an obstacle, such as signs. Please no cycling or maneouvring cars on the footpaths.
  • The buffer strip - this is the safety zone between the road and footaths, between cars and people. Please no cars on the buffer strip.
  • Slower traffic speeds - the 30kmh speed limit and narrower road carriageway promote slow vehicle speeds and mean a safer environment for everyone. This is where cyclists travel - the speed limit is slow and vehicles may need to slow further for cyclists travelling ahead of them in the lane. Shop deliveries are best directed to rear entrances so as not to impede traffic on Queen Street.
  • Enhanced plantings - the ornamental pear and titoki trees and shrubs provide shade and a pleasant view.
  • A smooth, continuous surface - there's no kerb and channel in the new streetscape. That makes crossing the street much easier for those with limited sight and mobility. Queen Street is a shared space, so pedestrians, cyclists and drivers all need to take care when travelling through the area.
  • Car parks - parking is available between the buffer strip and the road - mind the planter boxes!


About the Project

The project will replace ageing pipe infrastructure under Queen Street and lower the centre of the road to reduce the risk of flooding in future during heavy rain. The street’s surface will be replaced from shop front to shop front in a safer, more pedestrian-friendly design.

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