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New Christchurch Bus Exchange

Postby Kahukowhai » Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:23 pm

On Thursday the Government announced the new central city bus exchange to be built for Christchurch.
https://ccdu.govt.nz/our-progress/announcements/preliminary-design-for-new-bus-interchange-6-march-2014
The announcement was attended by the Prime Minister and the CERA Minister as part of the National Government election campaign.

Detail was light but a floor plan has been released.

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bus-interchange-ground-floor-plan by enzedrail, on Flickr

This map shows the relative locations and sizes of the three bus exchange sites.

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Christchurch Bus Exchanges by enzedrail, on Flickr

The key questions naturally revolve around the overall shape of the Christchurch public transport network, including the more recent changes by Ecan, which the new council has rejected in part. A public transport workshop is being scheduled in the near future due to the City Council's rejection of the proposed Riccarton super stop which Ecan had proposed as a suburban interchange near Riccarton Mall and raises the opportunity to take a fresh look at the "Hubs and Spokes" model of public transport which Ecan implemented recently in Christchurch.

The internal layout of the exchange for bus movements and platforms is an interesting one and I would be interested to know what is used in Britomart and how it compares overall.
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Re: New Christchurch Bus Exchange

Postby MacRiada » Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:15 pm

Matt has covered it on the Auckland Transport Blog: http://transportblog.co.nz/2014/03/08/t ... terchange/

I can't say I like the design, and I am not convinced that the "sawtooth" layout scales to larger cities.
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Re: New Christchurch Bus Exchange

Postby dave the rave » Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:03 pm

what an unusual design! I presume this has been put together by leading edge transport designers and is following the latest in overseas trends based on what works in modern expanding urban cities.. but it looks so 1950's greyhound! seems there is going to be lots of reversing out of the docks - hope it will all flow at peak times.. :roll:
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Re: New Christchurch Bus Exchange

Postby MacRiada » Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:25 pm

Bus Interchange a world-class facility
WARWICK ISAACS , director of the Christchurch Central Development Unit, responds to published criticism of a proposed design for a new Christchurch Bus Interchange.

Anyone dealing with the challenges of travelling in and around Christchurch right now knows just how important transport is to our everyday lives.

Public transport is a vital part of the big picture, and that is why the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority has, along with its partners the Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury and the New Zealand Transport Agency, made a priority of developing a new Bus Interchange for the city.

Construction of the $53 million facility will begin later this year and we expect it will be operating around the middle of next year.

SUPER-STOPS AND HUBS

The facility is being designed to link services with new super-stops in the city and suburban transport hubs, and to cater for projected passenger demand as far out as 2041.

The facility is designed to be user-friendly while also creating opportunities in a wider Bus Interchange Precinct for the likes of retail and hospitality which bus users and others can enjoy.

The new Bus Interchange will also fit nicely with changes being made to the central city roading network, under the transport chapter of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, to make the city more accessible for all forms of transport - whether that be car, bus, cycle or on foot (more on the transport chapter is at ccdu.govt.nz).

Following the recent release of the preliminary design for the new Bus Interchange there has been plenty of discussion - including some in the pages of this newspaper.

ISSUE OF BUSES REVERSING TACKLED

Some of it has been criticism of the intended layout of the facility, in particular the plan to line up buses in angled parking positions where they will need to reverse out before driving out of the interchange. There has been a view expressed that people will be at risk from the reversing buses, and I want to be clear that these concerns are taken very seriously and are being addressed.

The measures we will be employing in the interchange will ensure the facility is safe to use.

Firstly, the space in which the buses will be reversing will be kept clear of bus users. Bus patrons will board the buses from dedicated passenger areas at the front of the buses and will not have access to that reversing area.

LAYOUT LIKE AN AIRPORT

The layout will be not unlike that of an airport where passengers board the aircraft, and the area where the aircraft reverses out before going onto the runway is always kept clear.

On top of this, we are looking at systems such as lights to indicate when it is OK for a bus driver to reverse, and to avoid any two buses reversing into the same space at the same time, and fixed cameras and mounted screens that allow the drivers to see what is at the rear of the buses before they depart.

Working bus drivers assisted in the field testing of possible layouts and we listened to their advice on space and have allowed plenty for bus movements.

As a result there will be a 7m wide designated backing lane that is separate from the 5m wide bus circulation lane.

Some people have also made comment about what they perceived to be a pedestrian crossing that passes through the area where the buses reverse and circulate.

Again I want to be clear that this will not be for public use. Only trained Bus Interchange staff will use this crossing where required in order to access those buses or areas of the facility they need to.

The key factor about this layout we have opted for is that it allows for a much greater volume of bus movements and therefore greater opportunity for the bus user.

7500 PEOPLE PER HOUR BY 2041

By 2041, we expect there will be about 7500 people per hour using the interchange, including bus passengers and those using the interchange to reach the other central city precincts, and we have to make sure we can cater for that demand.

There has also been comment in this newspaper and elsewhere about the amount of consultation that was done with groups in putting together the preliminary design.

I can assure people that Cera and Environment Canterbury have been in contact with a range of groups that include bus users, bus companies, business and neighbours of the new interchange to get their feedback.

As I mentioned above, the bus companies and drivers gave us valuable insight in the design process.

As we move from the preliminary design into the detailed design prior to construction beginning, we will continue to take on board feedback from those groups.

I'm confident the end result will be a world-class facility that works well for bus users and the city.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinio ... s-facility

"[R]esponds" sounds about right, because he sure didn't retort the criticisms....
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Re: New Christchurch Bus Exchange

Postby matthew25187 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:07 pm

Maybe it is just the scale of the drawing, but it almost looks to me like (not all of) the bays will allow for use of the rear door of a parked bus for disembarkation?
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Re: New Christchurch Bus Exchange

Postby Kahukowhai » Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:53 pm

I want to know they arrived at a group of bus users they could consult with.
And why they have yet to do any consultation on the superstops proposal.
As we can see already they didn't talk to the bus drivers union about the proposal.

There aren't any real grounds for the lack of consultation because the urgency that justified the establishment of CERA and CCDU is well past.
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Re: New Christchurch Bus Exchange

Postby MacRiada » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:30 pm

Kahukowhai wrote:I want to know they arrived at a group of bus users they could consult with.
And why they have yet to do any consultation on the superstops proposal.
As we can see already they didn't talk to the bus drivers union about the proposal.

There aren't any real grounds for the lack of consultation because the urgency that justified the establishment of CERA and CCDU is well past.


You wouldn't happen to be interested in co-authoring a rebuttal would you? Say on Stuff Nation or a Press opinion piece?

I'm a postgraduate policy student were I focus on intelligence, public participation and public transport (as you might of guessed).

I would do it alone but I'm a bit stretched for time right now.
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Re: New Christchurch Bus Exchange

Postby Kahukowhai » Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:15 pm

MacRiada wrote:
Kahukowhai wrote:I want to know they arrived at a group of bus users they could consult with.
And why they have yet to do any consultation on the superstops proposal.
As we can see already they didn't talk to the bus drivers union about the proposal.

There aren't any real grounds for the lack of consultation because the urgency that justified the establishment of CERA and CCDU is well past.


You wouldn't happen to be interested in co-authoring a rebuttal would you? Say on Stuff Nation or a Press opinion piece?

I'm a postgraduate policy student were I focus on intelligence, public participation and public transport (as you might of guessed).

I would do it alone but I'm a bit stretched for time right now.


How confident are you the Press would publish?

I'm very interested but I don't want to spend a lot of time on something for nothing, if you see my point.
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Re: New Christchurch Bus Exchange

Postby MacRiada » Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:07 pm

Kahukowhai wrote:How confident are you the Press would publish?

I'm very interested but I don't want to spend a lot of time on something for nothing, if you see my point.


That depends on where you want it published?

I'm only 70% confident they would publish it in Press opinion piece (although I do have a contact), but 100% confident they would publish it as Stuff Nation article.

The Press opinion pieces are published in The Press newspaper and published online on The Press section of Stuff.

Stuff Nation articles are only online, but if Fairfax like the article then they will also publish it on The Press section of Stuff's website as well.

If both types of articles are compelling then they can end up on Stuff's front page.

I have got onto Stuff's front page once and on The Press section of Stuff twice with three Stuff Nation articles.
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Re: New Christchurch Bus Exchange

Postby MacRiada » Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:47 pm

Official Information Act request to Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority on Christchurch Bus Exchange project:

https://fyi.org.nz/request/1538-christc ... ge-project
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Re: New Christchurch Bus Exchange

Postby Kahukowhai » Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:37 pm

Email me at my username at gmail.com
We can see where to go from there.

MacRiada wrote:
Kahukowhai wrote:How confident are you the Press would publish?

I'm very interested but I don't want to spend a lot of time on something for nothing, if you see my point.


That depends on where you want it published?

I'm only 70% confident they would publish it in Press opinion piece (although I do have a contact), but 100% confident they would publish it as Stuff Nation article.

The Press opinion pieces are published in The Press newspaper and published online on The Press section of Stuff.

Stuff Nation articles are only online, but if Fairfax like the article then they will also publish it on The Press section of Stuff's website as well.

If both types of articles are compelling then they can end up on Stuff's front page.

I have got onto Stuff's front page once and on The Press section of Stuff twice with three Stuff Nation articles.
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Re: New Christchurch Bus Exchange

Postby Kahukowhai » Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:53 pm

Crown told to consult on rebuild

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/9885357/Crown-told-to-consult-on-rebuild

The Government needs to take a leaf out of the Christchurch City Council's book and consult widely on its anchor projects before residents feel they are not part of the city, a local MP has warned.

Ruth Dyson, Port Hills MP and Labour's earthquake recovery spokeswoman, said the council's extensive consultation around the new central library was a great example of involving the wider community but she was concerned the public might get limited chances to have their say on anchor projects led by the Crown.

Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) director Warwick Isaacs said its consultation differed, depending on the project "and in the context of the need to ensure there is progress in the central city rebuild".

Dyson said that meant the Crown would rush through some projects with little or no consultation.

"I think Gerry [Brownlee] and Cera (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority) seem to think consultation means delay. I don't agree with that."

The council would not comment on the Government's consultation plans but The Press understands it is unhappy about some projects potentially having little or no public feedback.

Isaacs said the anchor projects were developed from the "highly successful" Share An Idea campaign and the CCDU had also run a public feedback campaign for the Avon River precinct that was "in a similar vein" to the present central library consultation.

For other Crown-led projects, it would use a "more targeted consultation and engagement" approach.

He cited the bus interchange project, where bus and coach companies, business groups, police and public transport user groups had been approached.

Potential users of the Metro Sports Facility were asked for their feedback and suggestions, Isaacs said.

"On top of this, there has been widespread public engagement and consultation and opportunities for the public to have their say on all projects at events such as the Canterbury A and P Show."

Dyson said the Government risked losing any "buy-in" from the public.

"If people aren't part of the decision making, they will start feeling as if it's not their city anymore."
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Re: New Christchurch Bus Exchange

Postby Kahukowhai » Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:17 pm

Whilst writing does interest me I am conflicted somewhat as I am also very busy with work and part time studies.

Personally I feel with the large number of issues that have been coming up recently, effort is better directed to attempting to form some kind of lobby.
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