SailGP in consultation with Christchurch City Council, ChristchurchNZ, local businesses and other stakeholders, has prepared a proposed traffic management plan that takes into account solutions to manage congestion, parking, safety, emergency access, resident access and transport options for ticket holders during the event weekend. SailGP is sharing the proposed traffic management plan with key stakeholders and the community before they submit it to the Christchurch City Council for approval later this year.
Road Closures & Restrictions
On both days of the New Zealand Sail Grand Prix, road closures and restrictions will be put in place around midday on Saturday and Sunday and lifted around 6PM each day. Road closures will restrict access to Lyttelton for all motor vehicles, with roads blocked from Sumner and Governors Bay. There will be no access to Lyttelton via Tunnel Road at Port Hills Road.
During this time, only emergency vehicles and vehicles with a clearly-displayed access pass will be able to access the event area. Only Lyttelton residents, business owners and employees who need to work during race weekend, official event vehicles (including buses and taxis) are able to obtain a vehicle access pass. This includes bays residents between Dyers Pass Road and Lyttelton, as there will be a traffic control point at the bottom of Dyer Pass Road. Bridle Path Road will be used as an access point for permitted road users, where access passes will be checked by the traffic management staff. Regular bus services will also be maintained via Bridle Path Road and will have priority when they arrive at the control point.
Commercial port vehicles, along with event bus access will be maintained via Tunnel Road via Port Hills Road. At all times traffic will be able to leave Lyttelton via the roads listed above. Permitted access may be stopped temporarily if unacceptable congestion is building in Lyttelton. This is not anticipated due to the proposed traffic management measures but this is only expected to last for short periods of time if required.
Inner Harbour Community Access
Bays residents between Dyers Pass Road and Lyttelton will be eligible for access passes and will need them to access either the tunnel or to travel toward Lyttelton from Dyers Pass Road. It is not proposed that roads serving bay residents outside this area will have traffic management measures.
Traffic Management Within Lyttelton
Once within Lyttelton, there will be a checkpoint on Godley Quay which will only allow permitted vehicles to the event site. Those walking to the event from the Lyttelton township can use a shared path from Lyttelton, down to Te Nukutai o Tapoa Naval Point.
Traffic Management Within Christchurch Central City
Traffic management will also be in place surrounding the city centre live site in order to facilitate a safe pick up and drop off area for buses, with taxi pick-up and drop-off available on Worcester Boulevard. Measures will be in place on Armagh Street and Colombo Street only during pick up and drop off times.
Information About Vehicle Access Passes
During the New Zealand Sail Grand Prix, proposed road closures would restrict access for all motor vehicles from around midday to around 6PM each day. Residents are encouraged to stay home and enjoy the excitement unfolding on Whakaraupō, Lyttelton Harbour but if you need to access your home during this time, you can do so with a vehicle access pass, available to Lyttelton residents. Businesses that require passes for employees and/or contractors and suppliers will also be able to do so.
Eligible people will be able to collect their permits at a single centrally-located collection point in Lyttelton in the weeks leading up to the event. The location and operating hours of the collection point will be shared on this page in due course.