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jamie2016, May 18, 10:25am
Has been delayed "until further notice "blah blah blah blah" it's not that I'm against using public transportation in our broken down city but just maybe the money could have been better spent elsewhere. , like on rebuilding historical buildings.


omnicow, May 18, 11:53am
Or knocking down 'historical' buildings (really grasping at straws to call something which only lasted a couple hundred years max 'historical'.) IMO, if something falls down in a natural disaster, it doesn't get to stay. It fails the test of longevity right there.

This obsession with preserving that which in terms of actual history is about as historical as a tupperware container is completely baffling to me. It makes about as much sense as hoarding used tissues in case you need them one day.

Things break, decay, fall over in earthquakes, that's the natural way of things. Clinging to an extremely short lived 'history' flies in the face of common sense - much like building a bunch of oversized stone monstrosities in an active tectonic zone was in the first place.

dudekrulz, May 18, 12:20pm
Yeah, screw critical infrastructure right. did you get hit with the stupid stick OP?

calista, May 20, 12:53am
So Jamie, do you actually use buses yourself?

cronezone, May 20, 1:32am
It makes sense to most of us,perhaps because we have a short history in architecture & want to preserve what little we have left,despite those who look down their noses at it while pointing to countries with far longer histories of architecture,where the buildings will obviously be considerably older.
Had those countries not kept the equivalent of what would once,in their time have been tupperware, there would be no buildings from centuries ago.

zoopa, May 20, 5:10am
I can't find anything in the news about it. Is there a link to why it has "been delayed until further notice"

fewspot, May 20, 5:34am
because they cant build it fast enough and havent kept to the tender schedule so now they are trying to hire more staff and rushing because its costing them more and more penaltes every day lets hope its going to be "safe" or another ctv building

fineo, May 20, 6:49am
I have to agree with you, it really is time to fix the likes of the cathedral with a bull dozer and clear the bloody site up

lambrat, May 20, 7:37am
i'm pretty sure so far that ratepayers are not funding the cathedral, the church is, so. it isn't delaying our infrastructure rebuild.

fineo, May 20, 8:00am
Ahh not sure what your point is.
Yes the Tax payer and local rate payers are paying for the bus exchange,a point that I think escapes the OP.

lambrat, May 20, 8:09am
ahh yes i just re-read the OP and see why my point is not particularly relevant to yours, lol sorry.

bandrach, May 20, 9:37am
There is a software glitch. thats why its delayed. Nothing to do with those building it.

xmakara, May 21, 7:22am
Excuse me. But the Bus Exchange is critical. Believe it or not there is quite a chunk of people, including me, that pass through the Exchange everyday.

And yes. It's just a software thing. They happen all the damn time.

tomber, May 21, 7:37am
This, its just another boring computer glitch to sort. The bus station will be really good, I have 3 kids using the buses and glad to see its going to be modern and efficient - when it gets opened that is.

lugee, May 22, 2:36am
It's opening on Monday the 25th of May.

zoopa, May 22, 4:08am
Lol. So really not all that dramatic then, huh.

jamie2016, May 22, 6:51am
yes i do on the odd occasion and even been lucky enough to drive a couple of different types of buses over the years without any paying passengers and the radio cranked up full but would not hesitate to drive a bigger one again.

xmakara, May 22, 7:20am
Can't wait for the opening! It's just what Christchurch will need.

jamie2016, May 22, 2:30pm
it brings me to wonder when the bus fares will increase to cover any damage to buses having to reverse out of their bays as the commercial insurance will sky rocket and thus southern rate payers are going to be lumbered with the over burden to cover the excess so in a way its a no win situation as opposed to the old ''drive-thru''-
station.

jamie2016, May 22, 2:54pm
i'm not normally one to bag-on about different cities but the same would never be said about any buildings in ''Auckland'' cause if they fell down the council up there would have it repaired and back in its former glory within hours if not days no matter how old it was or how much damage it had. To me one thing is apparently true. , I totally get the gist that If a person lives in a prominant large city like Texas / Washington DC / New York or Melbourne or even Aucklands new motorways at a cost of $4.5b, stuff get done straight away without question but if one lives in a ''lower economic'' place such as Harlem /Sudan / Greymouth or Christchurch then every excuse is made to styfle any progress in building new or repairing old buildings wether it be a commercial cinema / private house (southern ''no'' response) or a simple place of worship / prayer.

jamie2016, May 22, 3:07pm
Added to say if a building older than 6mths old is damaged in any sort of way wether it be by flood / E/Q / mini tornado or a simple paper basket fire should it be automatically labelled as demolition material, if so then it would be a good way to keep renewing everything almost on a weekly basis except for a certain harbour bridge in NZ's wealthiest place. , whats next ,Moving parliment to auckland and renaming the capital of NZ as Ponsonby?!

lugee, May 22, 9:52pm
Why would there be any damage?

jamie2016, May 22, 11:59pm
when you get silly idiots walking behind the buses (it happened in hamilton) or drivers trying to hard to make their time tables work when the exchange is not able to cope with the peak traffic and first in dose not always mean first out in one piece :-/

lugee, May 23, 12:56am
Passengers aren't permitted in the bus circulation area. There is a complex system in place that detects any unauthorized objects and halts all bus movements. When buses are allowed to enter and leave is all tightly controlled by this system, preventing any conflicts between buses.

rover79, May 25, 12:08am
It will be fine, I think it will be great, this one will beable to handle twice the flow of the current one.
Just wondering, if the new exchange is going to sell drinks and food, will that mean you can eat and drink on the bus?

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