Part of Christchurch's $25 million seaside pathway opens

Christchurch's $25 million Coastal Pathway Project has moved a step closer to completion today.

The original 100-year-old seawall was damaged in the quakes, dropping over a metre in parts. Source: 1 NEWS

A 1.2-kilometre stretch of the path in the suburb of Redcliffs was officially opened, incorporating a new protective seawall.

The original 100-year-old seawall took a battering in the quakes, dropping from half a metre to a metre in places, exposing Beachville Road and nearby homes to flooding.

SCIRT Executive General Manager Ian Campbell says the new seawall will provide protection from erosion and offers more resilience in the event of storm surges or future seismic activity.

When finished, the 6.5 kilometre-long bike and walkway path will link Ferrymead to the outer coastal suburb of Scarborough.