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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 […]

Retail, offices, apartments for Cashel Mall

March 29, 2012 by


An article in the Press today outlines what is in store for the next year along Cashel Mall. Promisingly, two big developments are already on the cards, and the container mall that popped up on the bare sites is getting ready to move. Already, a four-storey development is planned at 112 Cashel St, which will also […]

The Christchurch Tram as public transport

March 19, 2012 by


The draft City Plan proposes investigating options for making the tram part of the public transport network. I think that is a fantastic idea, and have recently been wondering what would be required to achieve this. The tram, especially the more recently constructed and proposed extensions, has always had a much greater potential, and I […]

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 […]

Final draft Central City Plan – looking at rail

December 22, 2011 by


“A cost effective and carefully staged reintroduction of a rail network for Christchurch, designed specifically for the city’s short, medium and longer term growth needs, could, if these requirements can be satisfied, provide a transformational transportation project for the redeveloped city.” – final draft Central City Plan For the last few days I have been pouring my eyes over the final draft […]