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Tuesday April 11 2017
$600k bus shelter for Linwood By Bridget Rutherford BUS STOPS next to Eastgate Shopping Centre will be upgraded after patrons complained they were not getting the same service as other areas. The city council is looking at installing $600,000 weatherproof bus shelters to replace the current ones on Buckleys Rd, along with a $500,000 signalised pedestrian crossing. It came after there were complaints last year that Northlands and Westfield Riccarton had received upgrades, while Eastgate was still waiting. Property owners also called for the stop to be moved away from Buckleys Rd, as they said patrons were littering, urinating and defecating on their properties. City council staff have looked at four options, in the shopping centre’s car park at the rear entrance, the Cranley St former library site, to upgrade the current Buckleys Rd shelter with a waiting lounge, or to upgrade it without the lounge. Their recommended option was to upgrade the current shelter as it would be cheaper, and the bus route would not need to be diverted.
UPGRADE: The bus stop on Buckleys Rd next to Eastgate will likely be upgraded with a weatherproof, larger shelter. PHOTOS: GEOFF SLOAN
But that would require consultation with neighbouring property owners, businesses and the mall. The Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board decided on Monday to ask city council staff to further evaluate upgrading the bus shelter, so it could be included in the 2018 Long Term Plan. In July, the then HagleyFerrymead Community Board requested the Greater Christchurch Public Transport Com-
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NEW: The Northlands Shopping Centre bus stop was one of two that was prioritised for upgrading over those in Linwood.
mittee write a report looking at options for a covered interchange for Linwood. The report said there was insufficient passenger demand to justify a waiting lounge.
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It said in 2005, the city council identified Eastgate as a key public transport interchange site. In 2008, a review by Abley Transportation showed it to be a crucial location.
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Views sought on mall car park exit By Noah Graham THE PUBLIC is being asked to lodge submissions to the city council to make the Barrington shopping centre car park exit safer. The Spreydon Neighbourhood Network is calling for the community to make submissions to the city council in a hope they can get funding allocated from the Annual Plan to enforce a no rightturn out of the mall and a traffic island on Barrington St. Network secretary Sonya Hodder said after the group presented their deputation to the SpreydonCashmere Community Board last week, the only chance for the project to be funded was through the Annual Plan. The network has asked for changes to the mall’s exit to stop vehicles from turning right out of the Barrington shopping centre as it put pedestrians, cyclists and the elderly in danger, Mrs Hodder said. Spreydon-Cashmere Community Board chairwoman Karolin Potter said there was no alternative to fund the project other than through city council. Submissions close on April 21.
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