CBD bus tour bookings to start

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Last updated 15:56 31/10/2011

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Bus trips into Christchurch's central red zone will open for bookings tomorrow, with authorities bracing for huge public interest.

Trips will cost a gold coin contribution, which will go towards off-setting the $200,000 cost to Cera.

A record would be kept of exactly who was on each bus, so it was crucial for people to call and register.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority will have a team of seven answering the booking line from 8am Tuesday and then every weekday from 8am til 5pm.

Demolitions manager Warwick Isaacs said no-one would be allowed off the bus.

However, in the event of a major earthquake visitors may need to walk out so had to wear sensible shoes. No slip-ons, jandals or high heels were allowed. Visitors were urged to dress for the weather.

Isaacs said everyone would be asked a series of "safety questions" when booking so that the potential danger of being in the CBD was made clear. 

"The CBD is an active worksite, but apart from that it is still a dangerous place should another large earthquake occur," he said.

The first bus will leave this Saturday and will run until December 11 from 2pm to 6pm on Saturdays and from 10am til 6pm on Sundays.

The bus trips will start and finish at Cranmer Square but the route could vary depending on demolition work in the CBD.

Cera will be reminding people how to access a quake support and counselling line when they book as the trip could be emotional.

Bookings will be taken from 8am Tuesday and from 8am til 5pm Monday to Friday from then on at 0800 7464 2372.

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