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Getting around during the ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix

Christchurch and Lyttelton residents are being advised to plan ahead and expect travel routines to be affected during the upcoming ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix | Christchurch.

SailGP has prepared a traffic management plan (TMP) with input from Christchurch City Council, ChristchurchNZ, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, and the local community. The goal is to protect Lyttelton from being overwhelmed by traffic.

The plan is similar to last year with a tunnel restriction limiting access into Lyttelton between midday- 6pm on race days. Only emergency vehicles, official event vehicles (buses and shuttles), taxis and vehicles with a clearly displayed pass will be able to access Lyttelton through the tunnel. Vehicles can exit Lyttelton at any time.

Vehicle entry to Lyttelton will not be available from Sumner or Governors Bay. Cycle access to Lyttelton will not be affected by the restrictions.

The Lyttelton Market will be operating as usual, and Lyttelton village is open for business all weekend. To access Lyttleton on race days, you can take the public bus (8) or a branded taxi at anytime, or drive in outside of the restricted times. Parking in Lyttelton is limited, so please plan your journey.

During the SailGP event, Naval Point will be transformed into a vibrant event village, accompanied by a technical area for visiting teams and operations. As such, the Naval Point public boat ramp, Stark’s Engineering boat ramp and the wind sports ramps will be closed between 7 March – 30 March in order to maintain a safe environment on a busy working site. Closures will be lifted earlier if possible to do so.

Lyttelton residents and businesses will be able travel through the tunnel to access their homes and workplaces during the access restriction period via Bridle Path Road (Heathcote) on both days using an allocated vehicle access pass, which will be mailed to them ahead of the event.

Affected households will be issued one pass via mail from 11th March and are asked to display the pass clearly in their windscreen when traveling through the access point on Bridle Path Road to ensure marshals can wave them through promptly.

Businesses that require passes for their employees and/or contractors and suppliers will be able to access additional passes.

Regular passengers on the ferry should note that there will be some changes to the usual timetable. On Friday 22 March, the last ferry departs Lyttelton at 12:50pm, Diamond Harbour at 1:02pm. Ferry resumes at 5:45pm. On Saturday 23 March and Sunday 24 March, last ferry departs Lyttelton at1:20pm, Diamond Harbour at 1:32pm. Ferry resumes at 5:50pm. There will replacement bus services running on these days – customers should check the Metro website for these times and plan ahead if they rely on the ferry service. Times will be available on the Metro website closer to the event.

Traffic management will also be in place surrounding the city centre transport hub outside Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre to ensure safe pick up and drop off for official event shuttles that will be transporting ticket holders to Naval Point. Road closures will be in place on Armagh Street and Colombo Street around Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, only during pick-up and drop-off time.

SailGP together with Environment Canterbury is pleased to offer free travel on Metro bus and ferry services for all SailGP ticket holders – simply show your ticket to the driver. Integrated ticketing is designed to enable SailGP fans to get to and from the city centre transport hub – located outside Te Pae on the corner of Oxford Terrace and Armagh St – and board official event shuttles to the Race Stadium at Naval Point.

You can find more details on the traffic management plan here: Getting Around During The ITM New Zealand Sail Grand Prix – ChristchurchNZ.com


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