Tunnel open to walkers for 50th anniversary

Last updated 16:49 29/08/2014
Lyttelton road tunnel
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QUALITY BUILD: The 1.9-kilometre Lyttelton road tunnel stood up well against the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes.

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Lyttelton tunnel will be taken over by walkers, cyclists and skateboarders on Sunday for its 50th anniversary.

The 2km road tunnel will be closed to cars and trucks from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Sunday, allowing those on foot to take over.

The event is to celebrate 50 years since the tunnel opened.

The tunnel officially opened in February 1964, but the 50th anniversary celebration had been delayed until the new tunnel control building was completed. 

A Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (Scirt) spokeswoman said the event would also celebrate Scirt's work to rebuild the twin highway bridges over Horotane Valley.

Those wishing to walk, bike or skate through the Lyttelton tunnel on Sunday will be asked to donate a gold coin to Cholmondeley House. 

The funds will help provide emergency and planned respite care for children in Canterbury.

Motorists travelling to or from Lyttelton will need to detour along Dyers Pass and Governors Bay roads while the tunnel celebrations are under way.

More information on transport options and parking during the event can be found here.

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