Million-dollar bus exchange plan due
A concept design for Christchurch's planned new $91 million central city bus interchange is expected to be finalised by the end of the month.
The interchange, in the block bounded by Tuam, Colombo, Manchester and Lichfield streets, is a key component of the city's public transport network and is due to be operational by April next year.
The Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) is leading the project to develop the new interchange, which is being jointly funded by the Government ($51m) and the Christchurch City Council ($40m).
Private investors are being sought for the accommodation and entertainment facilities the CCDU hopes will be built around the interchange.
A CCDU spokeswoman said the concept design for the new bus interchange had been finished and the preferred design option was now being reviewed.
The next step was to develop detailed design plans so that construction work could start by the third quarter of this year.
The project was on target to be completed by the April 2015 deadline, the spokeswoman said.
In addition to the interchange, there are plans for two high-quality super-stops within the new central business district.
These super-stops will provide passenger waiting facilities sheltered from the weather. One will be near Christchurch Hospital, while the other will be in Manchester St, between Gloucester and Worcester streets.