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.

Access and Parking from April 2017

Map showing road closure on Queen Street from Gladstone Road to past Noel Leeming. Alternative parking at Richmond Showgrounds, Cambridge Street and off McGlashen Avenue.


What You Need to Know

  • In early April, the road closure will be extended up to Noel Leeming.
  • This means vehicles will no longer be able to enter or exit Queen Street via McIndoe Place.
  • Other sections of the street are down to one lane at times and parking is limited.
  • Please take extra care and follow the instructions of traffic controllers.

The key things to remember are:

  • The best option is often to use the ring road and off-street parking. View Map
  • Please support our local retailers – they are open for business as usual and the footpath remains open for pedestrian access.

Bus services

Bus services will continue and the timetable will not change. However, the bus stop will shift from Sundial Square to the top of Queen Street opposite the Tasman District Council office.

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 Hawkins 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.

Chris has come directly from working for Hawkins on the Christchurch Rebuild, so has a great understanding of complex construction projects and the implications they can have for those affected.

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


Key Documents


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.


Work will be split into six stages. The first is from Gladstone Road through to Noel Leeming from February 7 through to mid-May 2017. The project will continue through to 30 April 2018 - with a break over the busy summer period

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.

Ring Road and Parking

ring road and car parks

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 April 2018.

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