Between 2014 and November 2015 the Lyttelton Port Recovery Plan (LPRP) was developed to provide a framework for the Port’s future - to address repairs required as a result of the Christchurch earthquakes and to facilitate increased exports and imports as part of its role in the ongoing growth and recovery of Canterbury.
In June 2019 Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) contracted Higgins Contractors to carry out maintenance and reorganisation works along the length of the Cashin Quay back road and to also add an additional rail line – a key part of the LPRP.
“With freight volumes moving through Lyttelton set to increase we needed to reorganise the Cashin Quay Road to transform the carpark into usable area for port operations and add a second rail line,” says LPC Infrastructure Manager Mike Simmers.
“The Back Road Realignment Project should be completed in February / March next year,” explains Bryony Bunting, Site Engineer for Higgins Contractors. “It has been quite involved as there have been a lot of services to work around. We even had to allow for a conveyor that runs under the road, which is used for the transportation of coal. This meant careful placement of the new Nu-Guard® 31 steel posts for the guardrail which we have installed.”
“The guardrail is the delineation point for road traffic and the rail corridor,” explains Mike. “Two of the three lanes are now open on the road which is allowing traffic to flow as we prepare the third lane.”
“The new Nu-Guard® 31 Steel Post System is nice and slim and looks good while keeping everyone safe as we progress with the next stages of the project,” adds Bryony. “Nu-Guard® works really well in this location as it has a much narrower footprint and offers the safety features without taking up too much room which the LPC are really in need of.”
“The redevelopment of this part of the Port means additional land for Port use,” adds Mike. “The second rail line will increase the Port’s rail capacity which helps with the long term management of container and freight movement.”