Our Transport Plan for Christchurch
Following the Canterbury earthquakes, the people of Christchurch were asked how they would like to see the city rebuilt. There was an overwhelming call for a green, people-focused city, with public spaces free from cars and more ways to get around, including better public transport and safer cycleways.
We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create the city the people of Christchurch called for, and make healthier, vibrant communities a reality while tackling the climate crisis and rebuilding the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic. By making smart decisions now, we can deliver truly fast, frequent, low-carbon transport alternatives that help put Christchurch on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050.
Here’s what we’re proposing for Christchurch:
We’ll invest in frequent commuter rail service connecting Rangiora and the City and Rolleston
We’ll create a new bus rapid transit line that connects the rail line to the CBD, University, and Airport
We’ll ensure large scale investment in rapid, intercity passenger rail from Christchurch north to Rangiora and south to Ashburton, and eventually Timaru and Dunedin
We’ll provide safe, separated school and commuter cycling routes with the capacity to be used by thousands of people each day, with a $1.5 billion Cycle Superhighway fund. In Christchurch, this could be used to complete the city’s major cycleway network plan, such as the yet-to-be funded projects like the city to New Brighton route and Cashmere to St Martins and Woolston route, which connects to three major cycle routes
We’ll set up a nationwide Go Anywhere transport pass that works on all public transport, car share systems, bike share systems and e-scooter share systems throughout the city
- We’ll reduce the cost of public transport by making it free for people over 65, under 18 and community services holders, by reducing the cost by 50% for students, and by setting up weekly payment limits - so no one pays for more than eight rides a week.