Getting the right bus
by Mike Isle
Changes to some Metro bus services in Christchurch come into effect on Monday, October 29.
Earlier this year, Environment Canterbury consulted on proposed changes for public transport as part of its Long Term Plan 2018–28, to help address a financial shortfall in the public transport network.
Seven routes are directly affected by the changes and public transport manager, Stewart Gibbon urges people to check the new timetables if they travel on those services.
“The new timetables are available now at metroinfo.co.nz. You can also collect a timetable from the Bus Interchange or by calling Metroinfo on 03 366 88 55,” said Mr Gibbon.
The routes affected by these changes are the 28, 107, 108, 135, 145, 150 and 535.
Among the key changes, routes 135 and 150 will form a new combined route travelling to New Brighton via the new Taiora QEII, retaining the current connection between New Brighton and Burwood Hospital and allowing for more connections across the northeast of Christchurch.
Route 28 will be extended from Papanui to also travel to Bishopdale, Casebrook and Northwood.
Route 45 will travel from Westmorland to the CBD, via Barrington Mall. It will also take a longer route around Westmorland, providing more residents with access to the service.
A new shopper service, the 155, will be introduced, to run between Lyttelton and Eastgate via Ferrymead, The Tannery, Woolston, Bromley and Eastgate.
The shopper service will run three times a day, Monday to Friday, on a trial basis for 12 months.
The last day of the existing services is Sunday, October 28, with the updated services in place from Monday, October 29.