$53m anchor project on its way

Last updated 05:00 07/03/2014
 Christchurch’s new Bus Interchange from the outside.
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CONCEPT: An artist’s impression of Christchurch’s new Bus Interchange from the outside.

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Christchurch's $53 million state of the art Bus Interchange is only a year away.

Preliminary designs for the new public transport hub were released yesterday by Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee.

The "user-friendly" Crown-led anchor project would offer self-servicing ticketing, bicycle storage, an open plan passenger lounge and enclosures to protect waiting bus patrons from the elements, Brownlee said.

It's modern layout would accommodate the manoeuvring of buses and provide spaces for the public to "feel safe and comfortable while using the services," he said.

The interchange would replace Christchurch's earthquake-damaged facility and provide direct links to new "super-stops" in the central city and suburban hubs "for ease of travel".

Detailed designs are yet to be finalised, but construction was expected to begin by the middle of the year to ensure the facility was up and running by April 2015.

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