Rolleston’s economic importance recognised

by Kent Caddick

Rolleston’s economic contribution to the wider Canterbury economy has been recognised in a $1.9 million roading upgrade, according to Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton.

Major roading works aimed at improving traffic flow around Rolleston’s industrial zone get underway this month. 

Rolleston’s industrial zone is home to the Izone Southern Business Hub, one of New Zealand’s largest business parks, and two inland ports, MidlandPort and Metroport.

According to Selwyn District Council, traffic volumes in the Rolleston industrial area have increased by more than 200% during the past 10 years.

Three roading projects, with a total cost of $1.9 million, have been developed by a Roading Strategy Group involving the council, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and commercial users of the business zone.

Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton said NZTA will fund 51% of the cost of the projects, with the remaining cost funded through a mix of council and developer funding. “NZTA’s decision to provide funding assistance for these projects is great news for Selwyn,” Mayor Broughton said.

“This funding reflects the economic importance of the Rolleston industrial zone to Canterbury’s economy.”

NZTA regional relationships director Jim Harland said it was good to see these links to the Rolleston industrial zone progressing and lining up with the agency’s Southern Motorway project.

Lyttelton Port Company’s inland port on the outskirts of Rolleston’s 
northern suburbs is one of the contributing factors in the town’s 
growing importance to the Canterbury economy

“Together these transport hubs and motorway connections will enable greater productivity, safety and efficiency for the wider region and local residents,” Mr Harland said.

The first project begins this month with the widening of Jones Road, between Weedons Ross Road and Lyttelton Port Company’s Midland Port site.

A further stage of widening work on Jones Road will take place between Midland Port and Hoskyns Road later in the year, and the installation of traffic signals at the Hoskyns and Jones Road intersection is also planned. The third project planned is the widening of Walkers Road, between SH1 and Two Chain Road, to improve access from the highway to the southern areas of the industrial zone.

Construction work on the Christchurch Southern Motorway extension began in November 2016 and is and is expected to take three years to complete. The extension, which starts just north of Rolleston, will provide an improved connection between Rolleston and Christchurch including the port of Lyttelton.