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New Bus Interchange will define Christchurch’s transportation network

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11 March 2014 - As businesses return to the Christchurch CBD one of the key issues will be the demand for transport solutions to enable workers easy access to the central city through providing modal choice. 

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) appointed Aurecon in 2013 to undertake the engineering and transport components of the Christchurch Bus Interchange business case feasibility and detailed engineering design brief.  

After the successful delivery of this first phase by our project team in 2013, Aurecon and architects, Architectus, have been awarded the next stage of the project -  design and delivery.

As one of the Anchor Projects for the rebuild of Christchurch, the Bus Interchange will define the Christchurch transportation network not only for the central city but will have significant effects on the rest of the city’s transport network.  

The area in and around the Bus Interchange will also cater for inter-city coaches, airport transfers and taxis and will provide a consolidated transit point for locals and visitors to our city.

Shaun Hardcastle, HUB-id Development Leader said: “Our aim is to put people first in our engineering context, focusing on an integrated transport and land use solution for the bus interchange and its surrounding environment. We also recognise that this facility can contribute to the economic success of the city, both as infrastructure that encourages access by public transport, and as a place for employment, living and social wellbeing.”

As a single storied “L shaped” building, the new bus interchange will offer an airport lounge style facility with retail and cafes around the edge, providing a sense of space.   

Utilising the HUB-id methodology, which realises the full potential of a precinct’s ability to deliver economic returns, the bus interchange is more in line with that of airport strategies. 

Shaun continues “Where people like to travel, they also like to shop.  If they have to wait to travel, provide stimulus – browse for a library book, look at what’s on in the local area or purchase everyday consumables on the way home.”

The Bus Interchange is expected to be ready by the second quarter of 2015 and once opened, will handle up to 115 bus movements per hour.  By 2041 it is expected to be used by about 7,500 people per hour.   

Aurecon will provide a range of services including:

  • Transport
  • Geotechnical
  • Structural
  • Building Services
  • Facades
  • Survey, topographical survey
  • ICT
  • Lighting

For more information contact:

Shaun Hardcastle
HUB-id Technical Director
M:  +64 21 99 44 89


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