Canterbury Town Centre upgrade

Canterbury Town Centre upgrade
Artist impression of Canterbury Road Upgrade
Work is underway on a $5.2 million upgrade of Canterbury Town Centre, aimed at improving the intersection at Charles Street and Roberts Street. Canterbury Town Centre Upgrade Work is underway on a $5.2 million upgrade of Canterbury Town Centre, aimed at improving the intersection at Charles Street and Roberts Street. Development

Canterbury Town Centre Upgrade Stage 2

Creating liveable and distinctive town centres is a priority for the community and Council.

Investing in our town centres is about revitalising and activating our main streets. With the Canterbury Town Centre upgrade, it’s about bringing new energy and excitement to Canterbury, and transforming it into a commercial, social and cultural heart of the City.

Overview of Project | Current Work | Contact us

Overview of Project

The project includes:

  •  Realignment of Canterbury Road, Close Street and Charles Street intersection to facilitate new traffic signals
  • A slip lane from northbound Canterbury Road to Charles Street for safer turning from Canterbury Road onto Charles St
  • Construction of dedicated right-hand turning lane from southbound Canterbury Road to Charles Street, a left turning lane from Close Street to Canterbury Road, and a right turning lane from Charles Street to Canterbury Road to allow safer right hand turning from Canterbury Road to Charles Street
  • New streetlights and paved footpaths for the safety of pedestrians
  • Undergrounding of overhead power lines
  • Upgrade of the Canterbury Road shared path underpass which falls along the Cooks River cycleway, this includes lowering and widening the path and installing lights. Adding convenience and increased foot and bike capacity to the shared path.

The intersection upgrades are essential for the safety of vehicles and pedestrians. The improvements will make turning at the intersection safer for vehicles and crossing the road easier for pedestrians.

The shared path underpass upgrade will improve accessibility and safety for pedestrians and cyclists using the Cooks River cycleway. The upgrade will provide greater clearance from the bridge and ample space for pedestrians and cyclists to use the path at the same time. During the upgrade, the underpass will remain closed and Council recommends cyclists use the detour route on the map below.

Current work notification

As part of the works to upgrade the Canterbury Town Centre and streetscape improvements some disruptions to traffic, power, water and pedestrian access will occur as part of the project of works. Detours for commuters, pedestrians and cyclists will be in place during the works.

  • Earthworks have commenced on the underpass with construction on the board walk and ramp to begin following completion of the earthworks.
  • Drainage works for the underpass to continue in June, concurrently with the earthworks.
  • Ausgrid works on the intersection are expected to continue in June.
  • Charles Street to Canterbury Station drainage and footpath works are anticipated to commence in June.

We are working on the underpass and intersection from 7pm-5am on Monday-Saturday. We may sometimes work during the day, from 7-5pm on Monday-Friday if the work will not impact Canterbury Road.

Where possible, we may start work earlier at night to reduce the potential disturbance from high-noise activities like saw cutting and jackhammering.

Road and footpath closures are expected; however, traffic controllers will be on-site to help pedestrians and vehicles travel safely through the area. The shared path underpass will be CLOSED while work is happening, and a detour is in place. There will be no parking next to the work site.

Work may be loud; however, we will do our best to have the noisiest works completed by midnight. We will also do our best to allow for breaks in the noisy work every week. All works are weather/site conditions permitting.

Contact Us

Contact Council’s on Projects Team on or 0427 133 082.

A drawing of the intersection update