Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Metro-quality service between Chch and Waimakariri

April 26, 2006


Metro-quality service between Christchurch and Waimakariri District

Residents in the Waimakariri District can expect a better bus service operating between Rangiora and Christchurch from November. Environment Canterbury is tendering a more frequent metro service to the Waimakariri District and possibly also a service to Waikuku Beach, in response to community support. Of 700 responses received by ECan, close to 60 per cent wanted an improved service.

Currently, the bus service goes through Kaiapoi and Woodend to Rangiora and back, at approximately 90-minute intervals weekdays and two hourly intervals on weekends. This is not frequent enough for people to rely on, according to community feedback. ECan councillors decided today to tender a 30-minute bus service, travelling on a direct route between Kaiapoi and Rangiora to the city, with an hourly shuttle service connecting Woodend to Kaiapoi and Rangiora.

“It currently takes up to an hour-and-a-half to travel from Rangiora to the centre of Christchurch by bus during peak times,” says Cr Nicky Wagner, Environment Canterbury’s chair of public passenger transport. “It also stops to pick up passengers all the way along Main North Road and Papanui Road, which slows it down. So, many residents feel it is much quicker to travel by car,” she says.

Waimakariri communities have indicated that they are prepared to contribute to the more frequent and direct service via their rates. Most Waimakariri residents taking part in the consultation process said that they would be prepared to pay around $15 per $100,000 capital value to subsidise the improved bus service.

As well as covering the increased frequency, this would also take the fare down to $50 for five days commuting paying cash or $37.50 for the same period with a Metrocard. Currently people pay $65 per week cash fare or $57.50 with a Metrocard.

Cr Wagner says residents would also see an improvement in the quality of the buses used, and ECan is proposing newer, low floor vehicles to provide better access. ECan is also looking at metro-style timetable information for all bus stops on the route. The new service will be tendered on a five-year contract to start in November this year. Waikuku Beach will be included in the tender for the Woodend shuttle if Waikuku Beach residents support the idea and the rating implications.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster

The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector and what philosophies best engage and protect communities in the event of a crisis.

How much of the responsibility for a community’s safety in a natural disaster is the Government’s, and how much can be left up to the community themselves? And how do we ensure none of our most vulnerable residents are left behind? More>>


CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>


Signage, Rumble Strips, Barriers: Boost For State Highway Road Safety

Boost for road safety this summer Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced a short term boost in road safety funding this summer and signalled a renewed focus from the Government on introducing safer speed limits. More>>


Risks & Adaptation: Cheaper To Cut Emissions Than Deal With Climate Change

The cost of climate change to New Zealand is still unknown, but a group of experts tasked with plugging the country's information gaps says it will likely be significant and it would be cheaper to cut greenhouse emissions than simply adapting to those changes. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>





Featured InfoPages