Software issues have been resolved for the Bus Interchange and services are confirmed to begin operating on Monday May 25th.
The first stage of Christchurch’s new $53 million Bus Interchange had been scheduled to open earlier this week on May 18th. Construction had been on schedule for this date but last minute software issues meant the system was not reliable enough for the facility to open.
“We have really appreciated people’s understanding and patience while we have worked through this issue,” says Christchurch Central Development Unit Acting Director Baden Ewart.
“I think those who use this facility will be impressed. It also means that the existing Central Station across the road can close, and work on the new Justice and Emergency Services Precinct can proceed in that area.”
The Bus Interchange is being rolled out as a two-stage development in order to start the central city’s transport system changes as soon as possible. Next Monday, half of the 16 bus bays will be operational while construction continues in the second stage area.
The remainder of the interchange including shops, the Colombo Street passenger lounge, the bold main entrance on the corner of Lichfield and Colombo streets and secure bicycle parking will be fully complete by winter 2015. Temporary signage will be in place until then.
The city’s bus network is operated by Environment Canterbury. Chief Executive Bill Bayfield believes customers will enjoy getting into the new building just in time for Winter.
“Our customers have been amazing over the past three years, using the temporary Central Station and just getting on with it,” he says.
“The new Bus Interchange, while still a work in progress, gets everyone under cover for winter. We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone there on Monday morning.”
Until final completion, the two sections will be separated to ensure the public remains safe. All CBD bus routes are affected and customers are advised to check route maps at metroinfo.co.nz.
Source: CERA, CCDU