NZ bus hub opens

Christchurch Bus Interchange opening signals new era for public transport in the city

The $53 million Christchurch Bus Interchange opened this week, bus-users no longer having to endure the temporary outdoor facility set up after the earthquakes in 2011.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says the opening ushers in a new era for Christchurch and how people move around the city.

"After all of the work that has followed the launch of the central city Blueprint in 2012, including land purchases and demolitions, consenting, design and construction, to be at the point of opening a fantastic new facility like this is a great moment for Christchurch," he says.

"The Interchange is stylish and user-friendly, with airport-style passenger lounges that will ensure people can wait for their buses in comfort and protected from the elements.

"It has also been designed with a real emphasis on safety and sustainability."

"Having an attractive facility like this is crucial if we want to attract more people to public transport."

"The Bus Interchange is something the people of Christchurch can use every day and experience how far we have come."

Bus services began operating out of the new Interchange for the first time on Monday Morning.

Initially, only half of the 16 bus bays will be operational and about half of the passenger lounge area, as final detailing is applied.

The remainder of the Interchange, including some retail areas and a bicycle lock-up area for cyclists, will open over the coming months.

"The arrangements are still being worked through for the retail areas, but there will be a good mix of offerings, including food and convenience options for commuters," Brownlee says.

"The work on improving transport in Christchurch doesn’t stop with the completion of the Bus Interchange.

"The work on public transport, roading projects and parking will continue, and will benefit everyone who travels around the city."

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