Riccarton bus plans on hold

LOIS CAIRNS
Last updated 10:35 19/12/2013

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The Christchurch City Council has bowed to pressure from Riccarton Rd  businesses and will re-think plans for a bus interchange in the area.

As part of its new "hubs and spokes'' public transport system, Environment Canterbury wanted the council to build an off-street suburban bus interchange in Riccarton.

Council staff had identified a site at 119 Riccarton Rd, between Division and Rotherham streets, for the interchange, which was to have a passenger lounge capable of accommodating 65 waiting passengers, a cafe, free WiFi, toilets and up-to-the-minute bus information on airport-style screens.

It was proposed to locate three bus stops outside the passenger lounge, which would have necessitated the removal of nine on-street parking spaces.

But businesses in the area were opposed to the plan because they claimed it would ruin the shopping experience along Riccarton Rd, drive up rents, and compromise safety in an already congested area.

"The good shops will depart ...and it will be a downward spiral for the area,'' local businessman Arthur McKee told councillors this week.

At a reconvened meeting this morning city councillors decided that other options for the siting of the bus stop should be explored.

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