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Is rail still on the table?

April 22, 2012 by


A discussion that seems to be doing the rounds at the moment is whether last weeks announcement on the Christchurch Central City Plan amounts to a dumping of the big transport projects, specifically the plans for light rail. The “100 day blueprint” for the central city, to be drawn up by the new Christchurch Central […]

Government response to rebuild plan

April 18, 2012 by


So today Gerry Brownlee announced the Government’s response to the draft Central City Plan. Overall, probably not as bad as it could have been, however, it did throw up a few things that didn’t surprise me in the least. Firstly, the plans for rail were called a “nice to have” and that, and other key […]

Impending population spike means transport solutions are needed

March 25, 2012 by


There was an interesting article in the Press this weekend about the logistical problems of dealing with the expected influx of workers required for the rebuild of Christchurch. Very quickly, Christchurch is going to have to start dealing with all those supposedly long-term issues that documents like the draft City Plan were developed to tackle, […]

Using the railway to Prebbleton

March 8, 2012 by


It is generally well-known that Christchurch’s rail “network” consists of three lines which radiate out from the city; the Main North Line which links to Papanui, Northwood, Belfast, Kaiapoi, and Rangiora; the Lyttelton Line, which links to Opawa, Woolston, Heathcote and Lyttelton; and the Main South Line, which links to Sockburn, Hornby, Templeton and Rolleston. Currently, […]

A three tiered public transport network

February 21, 2012 by


Recently I posted about simplifying the bus network, and focusing attention and investment on a core network of routes which consist of pendulum style routes through the CBD, and cross-city routes which do not pass through the CBD, but which cross the pendulum routes at key suburban interchanges. This was followed up on with an excellent […]

The Canterbury Regional Land Transport Study 2012-2042

February 15, 2012 by


Over the last few days I have been having a read through the Canterbury Regional Land Transport Study (RLTS) 2012-2042, and it is quite an interesting read. The RLTS identifies the region’s transport needs and the roles of all land transport modes, and identifies how planning, engineering, education, encouragement and enforcement methods are to be utilised to […]

Can the old railway station be saved?

January 10, 2012 by


Is Christchurch’s old railway station on Moorhouse Avenue to join the list of demolished historic buildings? Repair costs could mean the building is too expensive to fix for its current owners, with Science Alive looking pretty keen to vacate the building regardless. Grand Ltd, which owns the Hoyts side of the building, has previously indicated a […]