Metro Bus Services Review May 2014



Metro has been reviewing some of your bus routes to help keep our city heading in the right direction. While the public consultation period has now ended you can still read the proposals below.

Next steps: 

There was approx. 2’500 submissions received from the public. ECan will now assess that feedback and determine where proposed routes need to change. The final network design will be provided to Commissioners for approval in September. Once approved the new bus network will be implemented late 2014 – early 2015​.

This review aims to reflect the changes in places people want to travel to. It is a plan to improve the Metro Network so we keep our city heading in the right direction.

The review proposes improvements to city and Selwyn bus services. It refle​cts input from the previous consultation and customer feedback on the changes made in 2012. Our aim for the planned improvements is to get more people using buses. The plan proposes providing frequent, reliable services in popular areas. Less than 50% of operating costs are covered by fares and are subsidised by local rates and taxes. Our services have to be economically viable and we are trying to improve them without increasing fares or rates.

Our first review looked at services in the north and south of the city, and in Waimakariri. It introduced the successful high-frequency Blue Line. The following information explains proposed changes to the current routes, the proposed new routes and a map showing the proposed network.

 

If you have any questions regarding the review or the proposed routes email us at metroreview@ecan.govt.nz


Our Plan

Public transport will play a key part in allowing the space for the people-friendly, green city we all want to emerge. Our vision is a network that is carefully designed and well-used by many people. The key to our plan is five high frequency core services running across town every 10-15 minutes.

Our Plan  

The core services are to be supported by suburban connecting services. These will bring people to the high frequency services if they don’t live nearby, as well as taking them to key places. Most current passengers will benefit from better services, but it will mean that some will have to travel differently. They may need to change buses at a suburban interchange in order to complete their journey. Most people will still be within 500 metres of a Metro service.


Proposed Changes to Current Bus Routes


Current route Proposed improvements
B
Blue Line
Extend up Hackthorne Rd in Cashmere every 30 minutes.
C
The Comet
Extend to Halswell through new Wigram Skies subdivision. Faster connection between the Airport and Hornby along Russley Rd.
F
Diamond Harbour Ferry
No change.
M
Metrostar
Replace with new 100 Halswell – The Palms via Riccarton service and 5 Rolleston – New Brighton service, 60 Halswell – New Brighton service and The Comet.
O
The Orbiter
Return to Gayhurst Rd between The Palms and Eastgate once Gayhurst Rd bridge is fixed.
3
Airport – Sumner
All buses travel via Avonhead Mall to Burnside Park every 10 – 15 minutes then alternating buses to continue to Sheffield Cres or the Airport and Christchurch Mail Centre every 30 minutes.
5
Hornby –Southshore
Travel to Westfield along Riccarton Rd instead of Blenheim Rd. Extend to Rolleston every half hour with some express trips weekday mornings and afternoons. Replace New Brighton to Southshore section with new 151 New Brighton – Southshore service.
7
Halswell – Queenspark
Provide a link between Halswell, Addington, Christchurch Hospital, the central city, The Palms and Burwood Hospital. Replace travel through Aidanfield and Westlake with buses to new Longhurst and Knights Stream subdivisions. Discontinue services to Kennedy’s Bush.*
17
Huntsbury – Bryndwr
No change.
21
Ilam – Mt Pleasant
Discontinue. Mostly replace with new 130 Hei Hei - Avonhead via Riccarton service and the 140 Russley - Mt Pleasant service.
23
Hyde Park – Woolston
Discontinue. Mostly replace with new 130 Hei Hei - Avonhead via Riccarton service and 112 Barrington - Eastgate service.
28
Papanui – Lyttelton & Rapaki
No change.
29
Airport – City via Fendalton
No change.
40
Middleton – Wainoni
Discontinue. Partly replace with new 80 Lincoln – North Shore and 100 Halswell – The Palms via Riccarton services.
44
North Shore
Travel from The Palms to the central city only. Mostly replace route between New Brighton and The Palms with the 60 Halswell – New Brighton and the new 80 Lincoln – North Shore services.
60
Hillmorton – Parklands
Replace travel from The Palms to Burwood Hospital with the high frequency 7 Halswell – Queenspark service. New route between The Palms and New Brighton. Travel to Halswell on the Park subdivision.
81
Lincoln
Replace with new 80 Lincoln – North Shore service which travels via Blenheim Rd to Westfield and the city. Will have some express trips weekday mornings and afternoons.
83
Hei Hei
Discontinue. Mostly replace with new 130 Hei Hei – Avonhead via Riccarton service.
84
Russley
Discontinue. Mostly replace with new 140 Russley – Mt Pleasant service.
88
Rolleston
Replace with extension of route 5 called 5 Rolleston – New Brighton with some express trips weekday mornings and afternoons.
95
Waikuku & Pegasus
No change.
107
Styx Mill – Northlands
No change.
108
Casebrook – Northlands
No change.
111
Westmorland – Sydenham
Shorten route to Barrington Mall with increased frequency. No longer travel along Sparks Rd.
114
Barrington – Cashmere
Discontinue. Partly replace with new Blue Line extension.
115
Murray Aynsley – Sydenham
Discontinue. Mostly replace with new 112 Barrington – Eastgate service.
118
Edgeware – Northlands
Discontinue.*
119
Bishopdale – Northlands
Discontinue.*
120
Burnside – Spreydon
Improve travel through Spreydon (see map).
146
Marshland – The Palms and   Dallington
Discontinue. Mostly replace with the Orbiter, 7 Haslwell – Queenspark service and 60 Halswell – New Brighton service.
480
Kainga
Discontinue. Partly replace with 171 The Palms – Prestons service, which will extend to Spencerville on some trips.
510
Eastgate via Aranui and   Avondale
Discontinue.*
535
Lyttelton – Eastgate
Discontinue.*
820
Lincoln – Burnham
Improved route to cover new Izone Business Park, Rolleston Aquatic Centre and Farringdon subdivision.
951
Kaiapoi – Pegasus
No change.
952
Kaiapoi – Waikuku
No change.

*Some services are proposed to be discontinued because low passenger use has made them no longer cost effective.


Proposed Bus Routes

High Frequency Routes – every 10-15 mins (Monday – Friday 7am – 7pm)
B
Blue Line
Travel the same route between Rangiora and Princess Margaret Hospital with same frequency. However some buses will extend trips every 30 minutes up Hackthorne Rd in Cashmere.
O
The Orbiter
Travel current route between The Palms, Northlands, University of Canterbury, Westfield, Barrington, Princess Margaret Hospital and Eastgate. Bewteen Eastgate and The Palms no longer travels via Stanmore Rd, instead returns to pre-earthquake route along Gayhurst Rd (once Gayhurst Rd bridge is fixed).
3
Airport – Sumner
All buses travel the current route from Sumner via Avonhead Mall to Burnside Park every 10 – 15 minutes . Then alternating buses to continue to Sheffield Crescent or the Airport and Christchurch Mail Centre.
5
Rolleston – New Brighton
All buses travel between New Brighton, Westfield and Hornby along Riccarton Rd instead of Blenheim Rd. Between Eastgate and the central city travels along Gloucester St instead of Cashel St. At the Hornby Hub, some buses to travel onto Rolleston every half hour with some express trips weekday mornings and afternoons.
7
Halswell – Queenspark
Travel between Halswell and Queenspark via new Longhurst and Knights Stream subdivisions, Halswell Shops, Addington, Christchurch Hospital, central city, The Palms and Burwood Hospital.
Connecting Routes – every 15 – 60 mins
C
The Comet
Travel between Halswell and Redwood through Wigram Skies subdivision to The Hornby Hub. From here, travel along Carmen Rd, Masham Rd and Russley Rd to the Airport, via Dakota Park business area. No longer travels via Avonhead. Then travel from the Airport to Northlands via Memorial Ave, Roydvale Ave and Harewood Rd. The route between Northlands and Redwood to remain the same as current route.
17
Bryndwr – Huntsbury
Current route with same frequency.
28
Papanui – Lyttelton & Rapaki
Current route with same frequency.
29
Airport – City
Current route with same frequency.
44
The Palms – CPIT
Travel from The Palms to central city only using the current route.
60
Halswell – New Brighton
Travel between Halswell, central city and The Palms unchanged, other than extending to cover Halswell on the Park subdivision. New route between The Palms and New Brighton. No longer travel via Burwood Hospital.
80
Lincoln – North Shore
Travel from Lincoln via Blenheim Rd to Westfield Riccarton and central city, with some express trips weekday mornings and afternoons. From there, to Eastgate and North Shore via Wainoni Rd.
95
Waikuku and Pegasus
Current route with same frequency.
100
Halswell – The Palms via   Riccarton
Travel from Halswell and Westlake to Wigram Skies. From there to Westfield Riccarton, Merivale Mall through to The Palms.
107
Styx Mill – Northlands
Current route with same frequency
108
Casebrook - Northlands
Current route with same frequency
111
Westmorland – Barrington
Travel between Westmorland and Barrington Mall via Hoon Hay Rd and Rose St. No longer travels via Sparks Rd.
112
Barrington – Eastgate
Travel from Barrington Mall through Beckenham to St Martins, Opawa, Woolston and Bromley to Eastgate Mall.
120
Burnside - Barrington
Current route retained other than in Spreydon, where it travels along Frankleigh St instead of Rose St. Better connections to 60 Halswell - New Brighton at Barrington Mall.
130
Hei Hei – Avonhead via   Riccarton
Travel from Hornby to Hei Hei, Church Corner, Westfield Riccarton, University of Canterbury through Avonhead to Avonhead Mall.
140
Russley – Mt Pleasant
Travel from Hornby, Delamain, Yaldhurst Village, Church Corner to Westfield Riccarton. From there, travel along Moorhouse Ave past CPIT to Eastgate and on to Mt Pleasant.
151
New Brighton – Southshore
Travel between New Brighton and Southshore with some express trips from Southshore to the city on weekday mornings and afternoons.
152
New Brighton – Burwood     Hospital
Travel between Burwood Hospital and Queenspark to New Brighton.
171
The Palms – Prestons
Travel from The Palms and Prestons subdivision with some buses continuing on to Spencerville.
820
Burnham - Lincoln
Travel between Burnham and Lincoln via Rolleston through Izone Business Park, past Rolleston Aquatic Centre and Farringdon subdivision to Springston. Then follow the current route to Lincoln.
951
Kaiapoi - Pegasus
Current route with same frequency
952
Kaiapoi – Waikuku
Current route with same frequency
F
Diamond Harbour Ferry
Current route with same frequency

  

Proposed Routes Frequency Table

The below frequency table is a guide showing proposed frequencies Monday - Friday only. Final frequencies for final routes will be dependant on consultation outcomes.

New Route Peak trips
(7am - 9am & 2.30pm - 6pm)
Offpeak trips
(9am - 2.30pm)
Blue Line Belfast - PMH 10 min 15 min
Blue Line to Rangiora 30 min 30 min
Blue  Line to Cashmere 30 min 30 min
Orbiter 10 min 10 min
3 Airport - Sumner between  Sumner & Burnside  10 min 15 min
3 Airport - Sumner between  Burnside & Airport 30 min 30 min
3 Airport - Sumner between Burnside & Shef Cres 20 min 30 min
5 Rolleston - New Brighton, between  Hornby & New Brighton 10 min 15 min
5 Rolleston - New Brighton between  Hornby & Rolleston 30 min 30 min
7 Haslwell - Queenspark 10 min 15 min 
Comet 15 min 30 min
17 Bryndwr - Huntsbury 30 min 30 min
28 Papanui - Lyttelton & Rapaki 15 min 30 min
29 Aiport - City via Fendalton 30 min 30 min
44 The Palms - CPIT 30 min 60 min
60 Halswell - New Brighton 15 min 30 min
80 Lincoln - North Shore 15 min 30 min
100 Halswell - The Palms 15 min 30 min
111 Westmorland - Barrington 15 min 30 min
112 Barrington - Eastgate 30 min 30 min
120 Burnside - Barrington 30 min 30 min
130 Hei Hei - Avonhead via Riccarton 30 min 30 min
140 Russley - Mt Pleasant 30 min 30 min
151 New Brighton - Southshore 30 min 30 min
152 New Brighton - Burwood Hospital 30 min 30 min
171 The Palms - Prestons 60 min 60 min
171 The Palms - Prestons to Spencerville peak time trips only N/A
820 Lincoln – Burnham 30 min 60 min

Have a question? Email us at Metroreview@ecan.govt.nz


FAQ's

Click here for questions and answers about the Metro bus services review​.

View patronage statistics on proposed discontinued routes​ (pdf 643 kB)


Need more information?


Drop-in sessions are planned over the coming weeks so you can come and ask us any questions you may have. You can find us at:

  • New Brighton Library Thursday 15 May 11am – 2pm
  • Riccarton Market Sunday 18 May 9am – 2pm
  • Barrington Mall Tuesday 20 May 11am – 2pm
  • Bush Inn Centre Wednesday 21 May 11am – 2pm
  • The Hub Hornby Thursday 22 May 3.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Central Station Tuesday 27 May 3pm – 6pm
  • The Palms Shopping Centre Wednesday 28 May 3pm – 6pm
  • Lincoln Event Centre (Habgood room) Thursday 29 May 6.30pm - 8.30pm


Alternatively you can also email us your questions at Metroreview@ecan.govt.nz​​​​​​

Printable​ versions

Metro Bus Services Review May 2014 brochure (pdf 12.4 MB)
Proposed Christc​hurch Network Map - print version (pdf 8.9 MB)
Proposed Selwyn District Network Map - print version​ (pdf 3.1 MB)​

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