No Buses, Trams In Christchurch


There will be no public transport in Christchurch until further notice because of the continuing concern about the quake damage.

Bus services for Christchurch, Selwyn, and Waimakariri districts will definitely not operate on Monday.

This is to allow more time to assess the damage to roads in Christchurch and surrounding areas before passenger bus services can resume.

And the central city also remains cordoned off making bus operations difficult.The Bus Exchange building in Lichfield Street needs to be fully assessed before it can begin operating again as the hub for the Metro service.

Metro operations will be reviewed on a daily basis.The Diamond Harbour Ferry will operate as per usual allowing people to travel to Lyttelton, although there will be no connecting buses for travel to Christchurch.

State highway 74 in Christchurch city is now closed between Breezes Road and Metro Place, due to a broken sewerage pipe underneath the motorway. This section of motorway will remain closed overnight with single-lane access expected to be restored tomorrow morning.

The Chaney’s Road on-ramp on to State Highway 1 north of Christchurch remains closed, but this does not affect motorway traffic other than that which uses the ramp.

State Highway 77 has now re-opened with a two kilometre detour from Glentunnel to Glenroy where subsidence has occurred. A signposted detour is in place.

All other state highways in the region are usable.

Major structures including the Lyttelton Tunnel have been assessed for structural integrity and given the all clear. Key bridges on State Highway 1 over the Ashburton and Rakaia Rivers to the south of Christchurch and across the Waimakariri River north of Christchurch are operational.

NZTA Canterbury State Highways Operations Manager Peter Connors says further detailed analysis of bridges and other structures on the state highway network will continue throughout the week.

Bad weather is now adding problems for the South Island   -already Whataroa Police are urging all motorists travelling on State Highway 6, between Fox Glacier and Hokitika on the West Coast of the South Island, to exercise extra care by reducing speed and increasing following distances, due to widespread surface flooding after heavy rain falls.

The latest status of the rail lines:

  • The Picton-Rangiora line is open
  • The Belfast-Rangiora line is closed due to extensive damage
  • The Christchurch-Belfast line has medium damage. The track has been inspected and is anticipated to open in 36 hours
  • Bridge 18 between Kaiapoi and Belfast has suffered extensive damage.
  • The line between Ashburton and Lyttleton is now open at restricted speed
  • The Lyttelton-Middleton line is closed and is anticipated to open in 24 hours (structures are being assessed)
  • Track repairs between Rolleston and Darfield on the Midland line was expected to be completed today. A decision on when the line would reopen would be made later.
  • The Rolleston-Cass line is closed and has sustained medium damage and requires further inspection before an estimate opening time can be given.
  • Because of the aftershocks, a mainline speed restriction ofr 40 km an hour had been imposed in the earthquake zone and trains were travelling at 25 km an hour over bridges.
  • There has been no official word on the state of Christchurch’s tram lines.
  • KiwiRail says because there is work to do repairing damage to track and one bridge between Belfast and Rangiora, they will  be road bridging freight to Christchurch from Rangiora while this work is being completed.
  • Interislander is putting on extra ferry sailings across Cook Strait tonight to cope with huge demand to bring essential goods into Christchurch.

An extensive number of aftershocks of between Magnitude 3.2 and 5.4 have occurred.

Christchurch City Council, Waimakariri District Council and Selwyn District Council are coordinating assessments of building damage in their respective areas.

The Earthquake Commission so far has received approximately 2800 claims for damage to residential properties but are expecting a significant increase in claims over the next couple of days.





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