Thursday, April 25, 2024

Government gets onboard Christchurch bus overhaul

The Greater Christchurch community will soon have access to more frequent and reliable public transport services saving them time and money, Minister of Transport Michael Wood announced today.

The Government has pledged $78 million to accelerate the Greater Christchurch Public Transport Futures Bus Improvements programme over a five-to-six year period, around half the time originally anticipated.

The Public Transport Futures project will deliver approximately:

  • 100 more buses providing a greater number of seats to a greater number of locations at a higher frequency;
  • 470+ more bus shelters;
  • Almost 200 real time display units providing accurate information on bus arrival times;
  • 22 kilometres of bus lanes improving bus reliability.

“The Government is upgrading New Zealand’s transport system to make it safer, more resilient and efficient for now and future generations to come,” Minister Wood said.

“This will offer people living in Christchurch regular and much more reliable bus services over the next five to six years, reducing household expenses, CO2 emissions and encouraging more people to use public transport for their daily travel.”

The programme, delivered in partnership with Environment Canterbury, will deliver more bus shelters, more real time display units and more bus lanes, the Minister said.

“This Crown funding, additional to the usual Waka Kotahi subsidy and reallocated from the Northern Pathway, will help us achieve that.”

“Greater Christchurch will see an increase in annual public transport trips by 3.5 million, supporting a reduction in emissions by around 20,600 tonnes of CO2 through until 2030.

“Our Government is committed to making it more affordable, easier and attractive for Kiwis to use public transport. Through our investments we are delivering linked up public transport networks across the country that help people get to where they want to go.

In addition to the funding announcement, the Government is currently engaging on a Mass Rapid Transit plan for Christchurch.

“Waka Kotahi will be working with the Greater Christchurch partners in 2023 to further refine the Public Transport Futures programme acceleration details,” Mr Wood said.

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