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    COVID-19 Alert Level 2 update

    Metro’s public transport networks have returned to regular timetables, and the central city bus interchange has reopened. Find out more about Metro services at Level 2 here.​

    Capacity on board vehicles

    Government advice is that at Alert Level 2, people can leave home to do more things, but should follow public health measures and consider others around them. In​ particular, people shoul​d keep their distance from people they do not know. This includes onboard public transport. Because of this, the network’s capacity is restricted, across both urban and school services.

    The Ministry of Health requires the capacity on most buses to be limited, which means there will only be approximately 40% of normal seated capacity – or around 25% of normal total capacity, with standing passengers not permitted.

    Sitting together on the bus

    Physical distancing from your fellow passengers is important. Please sit at green stickered seats, unless travelling with people you know. 

    People who know each other can sit next to each other (i.e. in a red dot seat next to a green dot seat). Would you be able to name the people you’re sitting next to if the Ministry of Health contacted you for contact tracing? If so, it’s okay to sit with them.

    Traveling outside of peak times

    If you have a choice, we ask that you avoid travelling at our peak times of 7am - 9am and 2.30pm – 5.30pm, weekdays.

    We really appreciate everyone’s patience and kindness as we work within the limitations in place to keep everyone safe.

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Should the 820 Burnham-Lincoln bus route be extended in Rolleston?

Tell us what you think about our proposal to extend this route to travel through the Faringdon and Acland Park subdivisions.

Recently Environment Canterbury has been investigating the current usage of the 820 Lincoln-Burnham service, which travels via Rolleston, and ways we can use this route to improve public transport coverage within Rolleston.

Over the past few years, Rolleston has seen significant development of residential properties.

There is an opportunity to extend the 820 to travel via Faringdon and Acland Park subdivisions so that residents in these areas have access to an all-day public transport service to Rolleston’s town centre, Lincoln and Burnham.

It would also connect to the Yellow Line (which travels to central Christchurch) at Kidman St in Rolleston.

Proposed route

Route 820 currently travels along Goulds Rd, Dynes Rd and Springston Rolleston Rd between the Lincoln and Rolleston townships.

We propose to move the route into Faringdon, travelling via Goulds Rd, East Maddisons Rd, Ledbury Dr, Faringdon Blvd and Dynes Rd.

It would then travel into Acland Park along Thornborough Dr, Geldard Dr, Broadway Pde and Lady Isaac Dr back onto Springston Rolleston Rd to resume its existing route to Lincoln.

By extending this service into Faringdon and Acland Park, over 900 more homes would have access to public transport.

Timetables and funding

Current usage of the 820 tells us that the first and last trips of the day have very low boardings across all locations.

We propose removing the trips currently operating before 7am and after 8pm.

The frequency would remain hourly.

Removing these trips means that the proposed change would not result in increased operating costs, meaning no rate or fare increases need to be considered.

Got Questions?

Staff will be available to discuss this proposal on Wednesday 19 February at Lemonwood Grove School between 6.30pm and 8.00pm.

You can also email your questions to metroreview@ecan.govt.nz

Tell us what you think

We need to know what you think – should we extend the 820 route to cover Faringdon and Acland Park?

Fill out the feedback form or email us.

You call also post your feedback to:

Metro 820 Burnham – Lincoln bus route consultation
Free post 1201
Environment Canterbury
PO Box 345
Christchurch 8140

Consultation ends Friday 6th March.​​​​​​​​