Bus Route Review 17 and 28

Bus routes 17 and 28 are being reviewed

Route 17, Bryndwr to Huntsbury starts at Sheffield Crescent near Wairakei Rd and Roydvale Ave and finishes up at Huntsbury Hill.

Route 28, Casebrook to Lyttelton, starts in Northwood and finishes at Lyttelton Port with some morning and afternoon trips extending to Rapaki.

Proposed changes include:

  • two new bus routes made up of a combination of the routes 17 and 28
  • increasing bus frequencies
  • extending one route to the Christchurch Airport
  • improving access to Ara and Moorhouse retail areas
  • supporting higher frequencies with new electric buses

Have a say and tell us your thoughts.

Have your say!

Consultation is open until Sunday 5 December. The Metro team will consider all feedback received before final changes are made.

We expect that changes would be implemented in 2023.

Why are we reviewing routes 17 and 28?

The Greater Christchurch Public Transport Futures programme, a ten-year plan, is about increasing service and accessibility to public transport for the community. It also aims to increase our low emission fleet, develop our response to climate change, and as a result, encourage people to make a change in their choice of transport.

Bus routes 17 and 28 are the first routes to be reviewed. We are looking at how we can design these routes to cater for both increased frequency and the inclusion of new or growing destinations.


Bus routes 17 and 28 are being reviewed

Route 17, Bryndwr to Huntsbury starts at Sheffield Crescent near Wairakei Rd and Roydvale Ave and finishes up at Huntsbury Hill.

Route 28, Casebrook to Lyttelton, starts in Northwood and finishes at Lyttelton Port with some morning and afternoon trips extending to Rapaki.

Proposed changes include:

  • two new bus routes made up of a combination of the routes 17 and 28
  • increasing bus frequencies
  • extending one route to the Christchurch Airport
  • improving access to Ara and Moorhouse retail areas
  • supporting higher frequencies with new electric buses

Have a say and tell us your thoughts.

Have your say!

Consultation is open until Sunday 5 December. The Metro team will consider all feedback received before final changes are made.

We expect that changes would be implemented in 2023.

Why are we reviewing routes 17 and 28?

The Greater Christchurch Public Transport Futures programme, a ten-year plan, is about increasing service and accessibility to public transport for the community. It also aims to increase our low emission fleet, develop our response to climate change, and as a result, encourage people to make a change in their choice of transport.

Bus routes 17 and 28 are the first routes to be reviewed. We are looking at how we can design these routes to cater for both increased frequency and the inclusion of new or growing destinations.


  • Proposed New Routes

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    Two New Routes

    The new routes will look a bit different and have been given the following names until the routes are confirmed and allocated a number.

    • Port to Port - This route will start at Lyttelton Port, and Rapaki, and will continue through Heathcote, Opawa and Waltham to the Bus Interchange. The northern end from the city will travel up Wairakei Rd, Bryndwr, with a proposed extension to Orchard Rd, finishing at the Christchurch Airport (see map).

    • Northwood to Huntsbury - This route starts in Northwood and travels through Casebrook and Bishopdale to Northlands Mall. It continues down Cranford St to St Albans and the Bus Interchange. The southern end travels down Waltham Rd to St Martins before going up Huntsbury Hill (see map).


    Airport Connection

    We are proposing extending the route from Wairakei Rd to Christchurch Airport. This will offer more people the opportunity to access both the airport for flights and adjacent businesses. We are excited about planning to extend this service and increasing availability to the growing number of businesses around the airport. (see map)

    This proposal will mean that the bus will not circle Sheffield Crescent, but instead will turn up Wooldridge Rd towards Harewood Rd.


    Route 125 Bus Stop At The Airport

    As part of this proposal, the route 125 (Redwood to Westlake) that presently stops at the airport terminal would instead use the bus stop outside the Antartic Centre on Orchard Rd and not go into the terminal.


    Redirecting the Port to Port route past Ara

    With the aim of connecting to both Ara and the growing retail areas on Moorhouse Ave, the Port to Port would travel from Brougham St up Shakespeare Rd, Waltham Rd and Moorhouse Ave, into the one-way system to reach the Bus Interchange. This efficiently delivers passengers to more key destinations. (see map)


  • Increasing Bus Frequencies

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    Increasing bus frequencies increases the reliability of catching a bus when you need it. Knowing that your next bus is not far away takes the stress and planning out of your day.

    The Port to Port route will have increased frequencies of 15 mins during weekdays until 6pm, 20 mins on Saturdays, and 30 mins on Sundays. This increase will make it a high frequency, core route.

    The Northwood to Huntsbury will have consistent 20 mins on weekdays until 6pm and 30 mins on weekends.

    The Port to Port route has been prioritised for moving straight to 15 minute frequency because this schedule is more suitable for this frequency due to the nature of the streets. Both routes' schedules are simplified to ensure simplicity and consistency.

  • Electric buses are environmentally friendly

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    Environment Canterbury is committed to reducing carbon emissions. There are two main ways that we are actively working towards this aim.

    • Encouraging more people to catch the bus. The emissions from one diesel bus roughly equates to five petrol cars. By enhancing the service to be more reliable with more frequent trips and efficient trips, it will encourage more people to leave their cars at home and catch the bus.
    • More electric and low emission buses. Environment Canterbury is working towards having 40% of the bus fleet being electric and low-emission by 2023. This work includes 25 more electric buses in the region by 2022. Electric buses cost more to purchase but Metro sees the value in upgrading the fleet.

    New Electric Buses

    New buses are needed to support higher frequency of services and increased capacity. Currently, we have funding for new low-emission diesel buses. Electric buses are desirable for metro to respond to climate change, but require extra funding.

    We want to hear your thoughts on funding of electric buses.

  • Bus infrastructure

    Christchurch City Council would like to improve the bus stops along route 17 and 28 to make them more accessible, provide more seats and shelters, and make it easier for buses to pull in and out of the bus stops.

    Christchurch City Council will be consulting early next year with these bus stop improvements in partnership with Environment Canterbury's route review. Property owners/residents who will be directly affected by bus stops changes will be contacted.

    Your feedback is welcome on bus stops and the surrounding environment which will help prepare consultation material for early next year.

    These are the areas that Christchurch City Council will be consulting on:

    • more seats and shelters
    • relocation and addition of bus stops
    • improved road markings so that the buses can easily pull into bus stops
    • replacing the sign/pole/seat and/or shelter with something new
    • better crossing facilities between bus stops (if they are on opposite sides of the road)
    • Bus locators (real time information)
    • better footpaths at bus stops
    • improved lighting in bus shelters
    • more tactile pavers
Page last updated: 22 November 2021, 10:31