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Removal of Staircase to Lyttelton Ferry Terminal

23 January 2008

Removal of the Staircase to the Lyttelton Public Ferry Terminal

The staircase that previously took pedestrians from the Oxford Street over-bridge to the public ferry terminal is set for demolition starting 31 January, 2008. This decision follows earlier consultation with stakeholders and is acknowledged in the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch, Christchurch City Council and ECan, to work together on the redevelopment of the ferry and charter boat facilities at Lyttelton. The Technical Group’s work to explore future access improvements begins immediately as a top priority of all three organisations.

Peter Davie, Chief Executive of the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch, says “We have made a commitment to explore all options for providing a better public transport network for the harbour. There are many areas to consider and we will be ensuring we look for the best possible solutions."

The staircase has been the subject of many issues for pedestrians and port operations for the last few years. The stairs offer restricted access for passengers, particularly those with pushchairs, wheelchairs and luggage. Importantly, the stairs also affect the ability to safely move over-height plant and equipment through the port. Currently, the only way to move plant is to lift it over the pedestrian walkway with a crane. This is a very dangerous operation and despite strict safety procedures, has the potential to cause a serious harm accident.

We have trialled the alternative access route for the last six months and realise it has caused some passenger inconvenience, but this has been offset by reduced safety risks. For the improved safety of people and for lower-risk operation of the port, it has been agreed to demolish the staircase and continue to provide the alternative access for passengers to and from the ferry terminal.

Pedestrians are able to access the terminal by walking to the bottom of the over-bridge and following the pedestrian path to the terminal. The overhead canopy currently at the top of the over-bridge will be relocated to the bottom of the bridge for use as a bus shelter.

The process for demolition is expected to take three days. The main disruption will occur between 31 January to 2 February, during the removal of the staircase and bridge piers. For safety, most of the area below the staircase will be closed while this operation takes place and a shuttle bus service will be available to transport passengers to and from the ferry terminal during the three days of major demolition work.


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