Transport options  |  22 Mar 2022

Christchurch City Council is looking at upgrading bus stops, shelters and pedestrian crossing points along the proposed new Port to Port bus route.

Environment Canterbury (ECan), who runs the pubic transport service in Christchurch, has proposed changes to routes 17 and 28 that will allow people to travel the full distance between Lyttelton Port (and Rāpaki) and Christchurch International Airport, via the Bus Interchange (Port to Port).

ECan will make the final decision on the route change in the coming months.

Christchurch City Council, which is responsible for providing the infrastructure needed to support public transport in the city, is looking at what improvements it could make along the proposed Port to Port route to make it safer and easier for bus users.

“We’re looking at providing more shelters and seats for people waiting for buses, as well as paved areas for passengers getting on and off the bus,’’ says Council Transport Operations Manager Stephen Wright.

“We are also looking to improve pedestrian safety by installing six new pedestrian crossing points along the route. Three of the new crossing points will be on Wairakei Road, two on Port Hills Road, and one on Opawa Road.’’

Mr Wright says the Council is also proposing to install overnight bike storage lockers near the gondola building in Heathcote Valley for people who want to bus through Lyttelton Tunnel and cycle to, and from the city.

“We’re keen to get the public’s feedback on our proposed improvements. People can learn more about what we are proposing and share their views via Have Your Say.’’