In 2018, we identified the need to protect our key public transport corridors. We then identified the potential for a step change public transport service extending to the north and south-west of the central city.
We investigated a several routes, and we evaluated each.
One scenario we explored had the largest catchment of people living within walking distance and would help to link these people to the places they work, shop, relax, and live - this is the suggested route (see map at bottom of this section).
This service would travel along Papanui and Main North Roads to the north as well as Riccarton and Main South Roads to the south-west. The route would use Tuam, Manchester and Victoria Streets in the city centre.
Why are we suggesting this route?
- About a third of the Greater Christchurch population could live within these corridors in the future.
- It will help development happen in the right places, with growth focused around existing centres and key destinations.
- It will encourage investment in higher-density housing and mixed-use neighbourhoods.
- It will improve access to key employment hubs including in the central city.
To ensure the districts are well connected to Christchurch City we are proposing improved park ‘n’ ride facilities in key townships and increased frequency of direct bus services that connect to the central city using the motorway corridors. We also propose connecting the districts to the new turn up and go service with park ‘n’ ride facilities at Hornby and Belfast, and providing better connections within the districts themselves.
Maps of turn-up-and-go route - click to enlarge