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PUBLIC TRANSPORT - new Central Station since 25 Oct 2011
Bus service had become veeeery time-consuming, not just because of traffic jams but because we lost the central Bus Exchange (in the Red Zone), and two major hubs that were linked by a shuttle service had been created. So often you needed three buses to get somewhere, and you can imagine to what huge travel times this led.
From today, 25 October 2011, things are going to get better. Hopefully. There is a new Central Station. It is located on a large lot where buidlings have been demolished, between Lichfield and Tuam Streets, and the north/south routes of Durham St/Oxford Tce and Colombo Street. Also the routes are serviced more frequently.
You find the location of Central Station here
For routes and timetables click here
Transport hub launched at Christchurch Airport
The latest news is the creation of a tourist transportation hub at the airport. Let me just copy the text and link in here:
Christchurch Airport has launched a transport hub at the airport for regional and long-distance bus travellers. Regional bus and shuttle services now connecting to the airport include Newmans Coachlines and GreatSights, which presently have routes from Christchurch to Queenstown.
“We wanted to simplify the travel process for people coming in and out of Christchurch following the disruption of the earthquakes,” said Christchurch Airport Manager Commercial Development Matthew Day.
“This is great news for all travellers, as it means you can take a bus service straight to the airport to connect with a flight or with another bus route in the South Island or to meet friends and family in Christchurch,” said Matthew Day.
The Intercity Group which operates the Newmans and GreatSights services is delighted with the development. “This makes travel for our passengers simpler and clearer,” said Sam Peate, General Manager InterCity Group Coaching. “Christchurch Airport is already a transport hub well-serviced by buses, shuttles and taxis, and with good carparking options, so this is a natural fit.”
Matthew Day points out that the new airport terminal has fantastic passenger facilities for use by all travellers, not just people booked on flights. “It’s warm and comfortable, it has lots of seating, pure artesian water, free showers, a fabulous food court and retail shops, as well as travel booking services,” he said.
The airport company began discussions with other transport providers following the earthquakes, when it became clear that there was no longer a central point in the city where travellers could be collected and dropped off. Coupled with traffic problems due to the closure of the CBD, it became clear that the airport could offer a solution.
The existing shuttle and bus services from Christchurch Airport include Knight Rider, the West Coast shuttle, and Budget Shuttles.
Future routes from Christchurch Airport to Dunedin and Picton, and all points in between, are also under consideration. Tickets can be booked through the Travel & Tourism Centres at Christchurch Airport: ph 0800 LOVE NZ (0800 568 369).
The link: http://www.christchurchairport.co.nz/CorporateAndCommunity/MediaCentre/article-2585/transport-hub-launched-at-christchurch-airport/
Link to the bus companies that run their tours starting at the airport:
Phone: 0800 744 487
Phone: 0800 317 057
West Coast Shuttle
Phone: 03 768 0028
Phone: 03 615 5119
Phone: 03 365 1114
Update Feb. 2012
Bus transport between city and airport
The #10 bus service from Cashmere to the airport does not operate anymore. Due to this change the #29 Airport Bus now runs half hourly instead of once per hour, as before. The journey takes 25 minutes from Central Station to/from the airport.
The first bus trip from the city to the airport is at 6.15am and the last one at 9.50pm during the week. Service from the airport to the city between 6.45am and 10.20pm.
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The #3 bus (Sumner) still goes to the airport via Central Station. The trip takes 35 minutes from there to the airport. However, if you stay at a motel in Riccarton this bus would be the best choice for you as it travels through Riccarton Road. One of the stops is at Westfield Riccarton shopping mall.
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