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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:28am

A black car drives down the newly reopened section of Tennyson Street, between the wider pedestrian walkways

The newly upgraded section of Tennyson Street through the Rolleston Town Centre has reopened.

Work began in January to upgrade the road to a people-friendly high street, with wider pavements, fresh planting, seating, landscaping and lighting. Infrastructure for the town centre development is also being installed.

Landscaping and infrastructure work is ongoing and the temporary Markham Way extension will remain in place for now.

Tennyson Street from the intersection with Rolleston Drive to the northern end of Rolleston Reserve has a 30kmh speed limit to encourage pedestrian and cycle use.

A community day is being planned by businesses in the area for Friday 24 July to celebrate the reopening on the street.

The work on Tennyson Street is a first step for the new Rolleston Town Centre. It will act as the new town centre’s spine, with a lively mix of retail, entertainment and community spaces, anchored by Te Ara Ātea and a town square.