Trams Answer for New Christchurch?
Are trams the answer for public transport throughout Christchurch in the new rebuilt city?
A forum called Reimagine Christchurch is busy debating that issue.
For example, David argues:
“After traveling through Europe, I think trams are just the bees knees, they are clean, efficient and quiet. The trams in Adelaide and Melbourne are great and Christchurch would be perfect for them. Buses could feed into tram stations in the outer suburbs and well planned routes into and around the city would be so pleasant and practical to ride. Good tram routes to and from the Airport and Lyttleton would ensure passengers and workers could get in and out of the city with little fuss.”
They are talking modern light rail not heritage trams.
“Modern trams that you see in European cities would be perfect inside the Four Avenues. The grid system is designed for it. Commuters then connect with the Red Buses which could leave from exchanges at the Hospital, Bealey Ave, Fitzgerald Ave and Moorhouse Ave for suburban destinations. I have always felt that the buses were too big for Colombo Street and other streets in the CBD. I am sure the trams could be made in NZ, they build buses in Ashburton, why not trams?”
Layton likes the streetcars in Oregon as a role model for Christchurch. Indeed Oregon’s light role is considered a role model in the US for future urban transportation.
Also being talked about is a Timaru to Christchurch train service.(Hat tip Anthony)