Gondola due to reopen in March

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 05:00 28/12/2012

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A renovated Christchurch Gondola is likely to reopen in March after rockfall remediation work.

Gondola managing director Michael Esposito said the company was waiting on various consents to be approved to carry out the remediation, expected to take about four weeks.

Some of the remediation would be on Christchurch City Council-owned reserve land, he said, but the council supported the project.

The work was likely to go ahead in February, with a tentative opening of mid to late March, he said.

Esposito said damage from the February 2011 earthquake had been relatively minor.

The gondola and the cable cars have been closed since the quake, with builders having to drive as close as possible to the top station and walk the rest of the way up.

"It's been quite a long haul, but we're almost there," Esposito said.

"I think I'm looking forward to it [reopening] more than anyone else."

He said the premises had been renovated and the cabins redone.

The Time Tunnel had a new final scene, paying tribute to famous Cantabrians, but it had been decided it was still too "raw" to include the quakes in the sequence.

The cable cars would resume on reopening day, he said.

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