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Environment Canterbury transport portfolio lead councillor Phil Clearwater said it is a significant step in delivering the Regional Public Transport Plan objective of providing more buses more often.
“We’re very excited to be moving forward with the delivery of the RPTP, with this being the first of the high frequency improvements that the people of Greater Christchurch have told us is important to them,” he said.
“Knowing your bus will arrive every 10 minutes removes the reliance on timetables – if you miss one bus you know it won’t be long before the next one arrives, similar to the Orbiter," Cr Clearwater said.
“Route 3 already operates every 10 minutes from Sumner during the morning peak. This change means that the 10-minute frequency will be delivered from 7am-7pm, Monday to Friday, from both the Sumner and Avonhead ends of the route.
“On a Saturday, the current 15-minute frequency will continue, and Sundays will also operate a 15-minute frequency, a big jump up from the current 30-minutes. These frequencies will operate for most of the day, except for early mornings and late evenings.”
The current 30-minute frequency on the airport branch of the route will remain.