Queen Street Upgrade

This page provides a brief overview of the Queen Street Upgrade project. It is a major piece of work to upgrade ageing pipes and create an improved street environment - there is no quick and easy way to do it. The end result will be a long-term fix that's good for everyone.

What You Need to Know - Updated 23 January 2018

Work re-starts on February 7

The work for 2018 will kick off with the replacement of the remaining undersized stormwater pipe up through the Salisbury Road roundabout. At the same time, Stage 4 construction works will kick off from just past Sundial Square up to the Richmond Night and Day dairy – the remaining underground pipes will be replaced and the street surface rebuilt to the new, flood-minimising design.

The scheduled completion date is the end of May 2018.

Key things to remember

Some key things will remain the same throughout the rest of the project:

  • Footpaths will be open during the day
  • One footpath will remain open after hours

There may be exceptions, if we have to deal with an unplanned event, such as poor weather or a service break.

New Streetscape

The new streetscape is in place from the McIndoe intersection up to Sundial Square. 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!

Bus services

The Sundial Square bus stop is now at the top of Queen Street opposite the Tasman District Council office. The timetable has not changed and services continue as normal.

Free parking at Showgrounds

If you work on Queen Street, or are going to be in central Richmond for an extended stay, we ask that you use the free all-day parking provided at the Richmond Showgrounds. We are still in the early stages of construction and it’s important we all support our local businesses throughout what will be a lengthy period of disruption. Please don’t take up parking spaces all day that could be used by customers to our retailers, cafes and the like.

Key Contact - Chris Forman

24/7 Contact: Ph. 0800 000 413

If you have a question about the project, Chris is your go-to guy. He is the Downer Community Relations Manager for the project, and will be responsible for liaising directly with businesses, stakeholders and the general public to resolve any queries or issues you may have.

You can find him at the Downer office at 272 Queen Street. 24/7 Contact: Ph. 0800 000 413.

Key Documents



·         Stage 1     Complete

·         Stage 2     Complete

·         Stage 3    Completed up to and including Sundial Square – balance now included in Stage 4

·         Stage 4    7 Feb to Mid May 2018

·         Stage 5    Late Feb to End May 2018

·         Stage 6    Early March to End May 2018

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.

A new design

As each stage of the upgrade is completed, the new street design will be put in place. The wider footpaths, narrower traffic carriageway and continuous smooth surface with no kerb and channel will contribute to slower traffic speeds and create a safer, more accessible and more pedestrian-focused space.

Unfortunately there will be disruption and inconvenience to street occupiers and users. We ask for your patience – the end result is a long-term fix that will benefit everyone. It will be carried out in stages, beginning in February 2017 and running through to 1 December 2017 when work will halt for the summer. Work will restart in February 2018 and is expected to be complete by the end of May 2018.

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