Archive for May, 2015

If You Use the Blue Buses …

22 May 2015

The following is a media release from ECan and CERA.  Note the change to the Blue Line route.

  

Media Release – 21 May 2015

 

 

New opening date for Bus Interchange

 

 

Christchurch’s new Bus Interchange will open to the public, and services will begin operating from it, on Monday 25 May.

 

The $53 million facility was originally meant to become operational on May 18, and although construction was on schedule, a software issue meant the system was not reliable enough for the facility to open. This issue is now resolved.

 

“We have really appreciated people’s understanding and patience while we have worked through this issue,” says Christchurch Central Development Unit Acting Director Baden Ewart.

 

“I think those who use this facility will be impressed. It also means that the existing Central Station across the road can close, and work on the new Justice and Emergency Services Precinct can proceed in that area.”

 

The Bus Interchange will open in two stages. Initially half of the 16 bus bays will be operational while construction continues in the second stage area. This second stage, including the remainder of the bus bays, some of the passenger lounge area, some retail areas and a bicycle lock-up area, will open this Winter.

 

The city’s bus network is operated by Environment Canterbury. Chief Executive Bill Bayfield believes customers will enjoy getting into the new building just in time for Winter.

“Our customers have been amazing over the past three years, using the temporary Central Station and just getting on with it,” he says.

“The new Bus Interchange, while still a work in progress, gets everyone under cover for Winter. We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone there on Monday morning.”

The opening of the Bus Interchange means that inner city bus routes will change.  Buses are now designated to use Manchester Street, and so routes will change across the central city.

While all CBD bus routes are affected, those with the biggest changes are the Blue Line, the 17, 28 and 29.  Customers using these routes are advised to check route maps at metroinfo.co.nz.

 

For further information contact the CERA Media Team on (03) 354 2627 or media@cera.govt.nz

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Kris Waldin Exhibition: “Peninsula” at the Chamber Gallery

15 May 2015

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A stunning exhibition of (mostly!) landscapes from local artist Kris Waldin is currently showing at the Chamber Gallery in the Rangiora library.  Mounted as loose canvases, I like the way the light seems to come out of the middle of the landscapes. This is her first solo exhibition and it is showing until 28 May.

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Kaiapoi Toy Library in Permanent Home

12 May 2015

Kaiapoi Toy Library Now Operating from a New Location – The Kaiapoi Toy Library has successfully moved from its previous location at Baker Park to the building behind the Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre previously occupied by the Kaiapoi Temporary Library. The Kaiapoi Toy Library and North Canterbury Swim Club have a co share lease arrangement of the building.

Post-earthquake they needed to move from the former Memorial Building (where the new Trousselot skatepark and playground now are), first to Wylie Park and then Baker Park.

 


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