Working together


Christchurch contractors are working together to limit the impact of reconstruction work

Contractors are working together in Christchurch by timing work on the city’s new Bus Interchange to coincide with major road upgrades.

Work has begun on the main demolition of the former Civic Offices to make way for the new $53 million Bus Interchange, requiring Tuam Street between Colombo and Manchester Streets to be closed to traffic for about four weeks.

To limit the impacts, the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) will be carrying out its work at the same time on Tuam Street, between Manchester and High Streets, on the rebuild of the horizontal infrastructure.

Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) Director Warwick Isaacs says while the demolition work on the Bus Interchange site will cause some temporary disruption, it is also an important sign of progress on a key project for Christchurch.

"Once the site is cleared, we can look forward to construction of the new Interchange facility getting underway later this year, and it being open by the middle of next year," he says.

"This is going to be a big step forward not just for bus users, but for all transport in the city."

Pedestrian and cycling access will be maintained on one side of the street at all times in the SCIRT work area.

Wherever possible, offsite parking and best access points for businesses will be marked on fences.

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