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Free public transport will be available for anyone wishing to attend two community-led gatherings arranged for this weekend.
Environment Canterbury senior manager public transport Stewart Gibbon said, “We want to support the two community-led events this weekend by providing free public transport. We believe that this is something the community would support us in doing.”
The first event is the Christchurch March for Love on Saturday March 23. All public transport, including the Diamond Harbour ferry, will be free between 7am and 2pm.
The second event is Remember Those Who Lost Their Lives 15-3-19 on Sunday March 24. All public transport will be free from 2pm onwards for this event.
Plan your trip
Gibbon advises that services will run to their usual weekend timetables.
“We strongly advise everyone to plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey, as it is likely the network will be busier than usual. Make use of our Journey Planner or call Metroinfo on 03 366 88 55 for advice,” he said.
“We understand there is potential for large numbers of people attending these events, but unfortunately we are unable to put on any extra buses. Like all businesses, the people who operate the public transport service have been greatly affected by the events on Friday. Our number one priority is looking after those people and focusing on ensuring we maintain our usual services to keep the city moving.
“While we know there will be a large number of community-organised events happening across the city over the coming weeks, at this stage our plan is to provide free buses for the two events this weekend and then to look at how we can support any further official event that is organised by Christchurch City Council or the government.”
For information on each event, see the respective Facebook pages, or follow Christchurch City Council's Newsline for further details on the arrangements: