Canterbury Regional Public Transport Plan

Consultation has concluded

What do you think of the plan?

We are seeking your feedback to help shape the planning, funding and delivery of public transport in Canterbury over the coming 10 years and beyond.

The draft Regional Public Transport Plan describes the public transport system that Environment Canterbury, in partnership with local councils in Greater Christchurch and Timaru, proposes to fund and operate.

The Plan, developed in close collaboration with the Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee (NZ Transport Agency, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council and Waimakariri District Council), and Timaru District Council, sets out the outcomes, objectives and policies that apply to the public transport system.

The Plan focuses on a few key areas, and highlights the visionary change needed to prepare for evolving technologies and to take us into a sustainable future.

  • Frequency
  • Technology
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Financial sustainability

You can also read the full Draft Canterbury Regional Public Transport Plan here.

We've summarised our plans for the next few years in two Consultation Documents, one for the Greater Christchurch area and one for the wider Canterbury region, including Timaru.

The consultation period closed on Sunday 14 October 2018.

Submissions are now closed.


What do you think of the plan?

We are seeking your feedback to help shape the planning, funding and delivery of public transport in Canterbury over the coming 10 years and beyond.

The draft Regional Public Transport Plan describes the public transport system that Environment Canterbury, in partnership with local councils in Greater Christchurch and Timaru, proposes to fund and operate.

The Plan, developed in close collaboration with the Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee (NZ Transport Agency, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council and Waimakariri District Council), and Timaru District Council, sets out the outcomes, objectives and policies that apply to the public transport system.

The Plan focuses on a few key areas, and highlights the visionary change needed to prepare for evolving technologies and to take us into a sustainable future.

  • Frequency
  • Technology
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Financial sustainability

You can also read the full Draft Canterbury Regional Public Transport Plan here.

We've summarised our plans for the next few years in two Consultation Documents, one for the Greater Christchurch area and one for the wider Canterbury region, including Timaru.

The consultation period closed on Sunday 14 October 2018.

Submissions are now closed.


Consultation has concluded
  • Greater Christchurch

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    Where are we heading?

    Canterbury is a wonderful place to live, and it is becoming even better as we progressively reshape our city.

    Within the next five years, our central city attractions will open—Tūranga, our new Central Library, the Town Hall, Te Pae Convention Centre, Taiwhanga Rehia Metro Sports Centre, and the multi-use stadium. That means a lot more people enjoying what our city has to offer.

    In the next 30 years, population growth will add another 150,000 people to Greater Christchurch. If we keep thinking the way we do now, more people means more cars on our roads, but...
    Where are we heading?

    Canterbury is a wonderful place to live, and it is becoming even better as we progressively reshape our city.

    Within the next five years, our central city attractions will open—Tūranga, our new Central Library, the Town Hall, Te Pae Convention Centre, Taiwhanga Rehia Metro Sports Centre, and the multi-use stadium. That means a lot more people enjoying what our city has to offer.

    In the next 30 years, population growth will add another 150,000 people to Greater Christchurch. If we keep thinking the way we do now, more people means more cars on our roads, but it is clear that we can’t build our way out of congestion.

    It’s time for a big shift in how we think about transport.

    Five priorities

    1. Improve our environment

    How: increase the number of people using public transport and reduce the carbon footprint of public transport by shifting to low or zero emission vehicles.

    2. More people using public transport

    How: greater priority for public transport on high demand routes and a highquality travel experience. As the population grows, rapid transit may be added to improve travel times along key corridors to and from the city.

    3. Accessibility

    How: provide more frequent public transport services so that more people can get to workplaces, shopping, education and recreation within 30 minutes travel time.

    4. Innovation

    How: trial and introduce new transport and technology initiatives with lower environmental impacts, greater safety and lower costs.

    5. Affordability

    How: expand the network at a rate the community can afford, with cost effective new services and infrastructure that is financially sustainable for ratepayers and funding agencies.

  • Timaru/Canterbury

    about 1 month ago
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    Today's choice. Tomorrow's journey?

    Every three years, Canterbury residents have an opportunity to influence the future direction of the public transport services offered in our region.

    The Regional Public Transport Plan sets out the plans for the public transport system and outlines how it will be funded and operated.

    Five priorities

    1. Improve our environment

    How: Increase the number of people using public transport and reduce the carbon footprint of public transport by shifting to zero emission vehicles where practical.

    2. Accessibility

    How: Cater for the movement patterns and desires of the community. With a higher proportion of retirees in...

    Today's choice. Tomorrow's journey?

    Every three years, Canterbury residents have an opportunity to influence the future direction of the public transport services offered in our region.

    The Regional Public Transport Plan sets out the plans for the public transport system and outlines how it will be funded and operated.

    Five priorities

    1. Improve our environment

    How: Increase the number of people using public transport and reduce the carbon footprint of public transport by shifting to zero emission vehicles where practical.

    2. Accessibility

    How: Cater for the movement patterns and desires of the community. With a higher proportion of retirees in Timaru compared to Christchurch, accessibility and coverage are priorities.

    3. Innovation

    How: Trial and introduce new transport and technology initiatives with lower environmental impacts, improved service and greater safety.

    4. Safety

    How: Public transport is the safest mode of transport, with fewer deaths and injuries than travel by car, walking or cycling. By continuing to provide good service levels, personal security is also improved, and people are able to get out and about more frequently.

    5. Affordability

    How: Provide cost effective services and infrastructure at a financially sustainable rate the community and funding agencies can afford.


  • Free Bus day

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    On Saturday 22 September, for World Car-free Day, travel on Metro is free. Leave the car at home, take the bus, and it will cost you absolutely nothing.

    Why? It’s time to have your say on Canterbury’s draft Public Transport Plan. The Plan takes our city into its sustainable future, and it asks your thoughts on things like more frequent buses, quicker trips, and a shift to zero emission vehicles.

    Saturday is a great opportunity to give public transport a go for free, to get you to where you need to be. We’ve had a look at a few...

    On Saturday 22 September, for World Car-free Day, travel on Metro is free. Leave the car at home, take the bus, and it will cost you absolutely nothing.

    Why? It’s time to have your say on Canterbury’s draft Public Transport Plan. The Plan takes our city into its sustainable future, and it asks your thoughts on things like more frequent buses, quicker trips, and a shift to zero emission vehicles.

    Saturday is a great opportunity to give public transport a go for free, to get you to where you need to be. We’ve had a look at a few things happening around the city, and how you could get there by bus:

    • The Extravaganza Fair hits Christchurch on Saturday – a fun-filled, family event – with free entry! Held at the Gap Filler site at 202 Gloucester Street, the fair is a short 5-minute walk from the Manchester Street super stops, or a 10-minute walk from the Bus Interchange.
    • Heading to Katchafire at the Bedford Bigtop? Located on the corner of Madras and Gloucester Streets, just a 5-minute walk from the Manchester Street super stop, or a 10-minute walk from the Bus Interchange, how about leaving the car at home and taking the bus for free?
    • Bill Bailey is in town this Saturday evening with his new comedy and music performance, Earl of Whimsy, at Horncastle Arena. If you’re planning to head along, the Orbiter is a great option to travel to Horncastle Arena, with bus stops on Whiteleigh Ave only a 10-minute walk to the venue.
    To plan your journey visit metroinfo.co.nz