26.10.11. Bouquet for the new temporary Bus Exchange, opened 25.10.11, 8 months post deadly Feb 22, mag 6.3 quake. The new, temporary bus exchange, built by Council, went up very quickly post quakes. It was the last speedy construction done by Council, as CERA would soon be meddling in Council affairs & slowing down the rebuild.
Brickbat for the stupid idea in Council's, draft CBD recovery plan for an expensive light rail system & the $4 million feasibility study. Council loved wasting ratepayers' money.
Rail traffic vibrations would weaken old & new bldgs in the quake zone. Hadn't councillors learnt a thing from ratepayers complaining about house shaking by passing trucks? As for a railway going to the university, along 2 lane, narrow Riccarton Rd - risible!
It was pointless wasting money on light rail, as University of Canterbury bldgs were quake damaged, students had post quake lectures in tents & some students went to other tertiary institutions, including Adelaide, Australia. UC would be in financial trouble regarding reduced student numbers & future funding. (31.10.13. NZ govt announced it would pay $260m towards the UC rebuild. OneNews).
Post quakes, by 2014 UC student numbers were still dropping. (The Press 27.02.15).
Never mind serial quake trashed CBD bldgs, wastelands left by demolitions, 1 000s of householders without decent homes & enduring ruined water, sewage & road systems.
Two months ago, when I'd wandered a recently opened western niche in the CBD red zone between Lichfield St & Tuam St, the place was a desolate demolition site behind cordon fencing.
Since then, many seedy Colombo St, east side bldgs were demolished near the old Tuam St Council bldg, its windows still quake shattered. The new, temporary Bus Exchange was built on part of the demolition site, west side of Colombo St.
Images, quake damaged Lichfield St ~Tuam St:
26.10.11. Part of the new, temp Bus Exchange, Lichfield St / Tuam St. A Council bldg, porta-cabins, Central Police bldg & parking garage behind
The car park near the new, temporary bus exchange had 3 new signs:
121 TUAM ST
We are working in this area
Temporary Bus Exchange
There may be changes to the road layout...
26.10.11. New post quake signs by a Council bldg, Tuam St, next door to the new, temp Bus Exchange. The bldg became Tuam Library
Council workers had installed porta-cabin offices in their car park behind a cordon fence & at ratepayers' expense a porta-cabin shop sporting the name:
26.10.11. The Tuck Shop Express, porta-cabin shop by Christchurch new, temp Bus Exchange
Funny how Council workers looked after their own appetites before the public, teeming amongst buses in the new, temporary Bus Exchange beyond the fence. If Council had more sense, it would've made money with the Express Tuck Shop the other side of the fence, catering for the public.
26.10.11. New, temp Bus Exchange passengers, Tuam St ~ Lichfield St
I wandered the new, temporary Bus Exchange: two one-way lanes & a road island in the middle for waiting passengers, buses going one-way from Lichfield St to Tuam St. New benches stood on the road island for waiting passengers.
26.10.11. Red zone, demolition / construction site, by new, temp Bus Exchange, Tuam St / Lichfield St. The construction site became an asphalt car park
26.10.11. New, temp Bus Exchange view of red zone CBD. Westpac left & Holiday Inn right, awaiting demolition
26.10.11. Tanker spraying water to lay demolition / construction site dust, Tuam St, seen from new, temp Bus Exchange, Tuam St / Lichfield St
26.10.11. New, temp Bus Exchange view of post quake, red zone, construction site, west of Colombo St demolitions. Quake damaged Westpac & Holiday Inn behind, awaiting demolition
26.10.11. New, temp Bus Exchange view of post quake, red zone, construction site, west of Colombo St demolitions. Quake shattered, old Council offices behind, which made way for the permanent Bus Exchange
By the construction site fence, more porta-cabins stood: a metro information office, a passenger lounge with seats for waiting passengers. New, blue, metro, digital signs abounded at bus stops. Two workmen, with expander-ladder, fixed a new metro digital sign when I passed. New, metro bus maps were on a porta-cabin wall & at Lichfield St entrance to the new, temp Bus Exchange.
26.10.11. New, temp Bus Exchange, passenger lounge view of post quake, red zone, construction site, west of Colombo St demolitions
26.10.11. New, temp Bus Exchange, passenger lounge view of post quake, red zone, construction site by Lichfield St. Quake trashed high rises behind, awaiting demolition: Westpac, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Holiday Inn
Two blokes in yellow, Hi Vis vests stood by an office & talked to passengers needing information. Two more blokes in orange, Hi Vis vests stood on the road island, doing the same.
26.10.11. Bus passengers, new, temp Bus Exchange, Lichfield St / Tuam St
26.10.11. New, temp Bus Exchange map, Lichfield St side
26.10.11. Eastern view of red zone, post quake, construction site, by new, temp Bus Exchange office, Lichfield St side
Buses regularly drove through the open-air Bus Exchange & picked up passengers, school students & other public. What a difference the new, temp Bus Exchange made to the dead, red zone CBD.
26.10.11. Lichfield St view of post quake, new, temp Bus Exchange. Port Hills beyond
26.10.11. Western view of post quake Lichfield St, nr new temp Bus Exchange
At the construction site next to the new, temporary Bus Exchange, a digger & grader smoothed new shingle. Workmen in Hi Vis vests wandered about & Lichfield St side, were busy behind a cordon fence, finishing Ballantynes extensions. Beyond loured quake trashed, dead high rises: Westpac, Holiday Inn & Hotel Grand Chancellor, awaiting demolition.
26.10.11. Christchurch new, temp Bus Exchange office. Red zone, dead CBD bldgs beyond: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Westpac, Holiday Inn, awaiting demolition
26.10.11. Bus passengers & officials, passenger lounge, new, temp Bus Exchange. Red zone, dead CBD bldgs beyond: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Westpac, Holiday Inn, awaiting demolition
26.10.11. Bus passengers, new, temp Bus Exchange. Red zone demolition / construction site & quake dead, red zone CBD bldgs beyond
26.10.11. Tuam St view of new, temp Bus Exchange. Red zone, dead CBD bldgs beyond
26.10.11. Tuam St view of post quake demolition / construction site, by new, temp Bus Exchange
I wandered back to my car on St Asaph St, via recently opened demolition desolation on Colombo St, between Tuam St / St Asaph St, where 16 people died in the Feb 22 quake.
26.10.11. Tuam St / St Asaph St view of Colombo St west side, post quake demolition sites. 16 people were killed in the vicinity by falling masonry, incl 8 red bus passengers
26.10.11. Tuam St view of Colombo St red zone & quake trashed high rises: Westpac, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Holiday Inn, awaiting demolition
By a solitary bldg, corner Tuam St & Colombo St, two orange, Hi Vis vested surveyors measured with their tripod instrument on a new asphalt car park, on a recent demolition site.
26.10.11. Feb 22 quake trashed, cnrs Colombo St / Tuam St, looking towards new temp Bus Exchange left
26.10.11. Surveyors measuring in post quake, red zone, demolition site / car park, cnr Tuam St / Colombo St. Red zone, dead CBD bldgs beyond
26.10.11. Colombo St, red zone view of quake obsolete sign, NZDF checkpoint hut & red zone, dead CBD bldgs towards The Crossing sky bridge, Cashel St
The NZDF soldier checkpoint hut & red zone fence cordon had moved from St Asaph St to Tuam St, closer to The Crossing sky bridge by Cashel Mall. Eight months post Feb 22 quake, public were still banned from Christchurch, red zone CBD.
26.10.11. Cnr Colombo St / Tuam St view of east side, red zone demolition sites & dead CBD bldgs. Quake trashed Westpac, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Holiday Inn beyond, awaiting demolition
26.10.11. Colombo St / Tuam St crossing view of red zone, serial quake trashed, old Council offices. New Council offices were at Worcester Blvd, pre 04.09.10 quake. Tuam St Council offices would make way for the permanent Bus Exchange
I wandered past huge demolition sites, both sides of Colombo St, seedy bldgs gone, discrete, foundation concrete slabs at ground level.
26.10.11. Colombo St view of east side demolition sites, between St Asaph St / Tuam St & red zoned, quake trashed CBD bldgs
26.10.11. St Asaph St view of Feb 22 quake deadly Colombo St, west side demolition sites, towards Tuam St. Deadly Mollett St by shipping containers left. 16 people were killed, incl 8 red bus passengers, in this 100m+ length of Colombo St, by Feb 22 quake falling masonry
Deadly Mollett St was blocked by shipping containers & a filthy puddle. Falling masonry killed people there, red bus passengers too. A fence cordon sign read:
26.10.11. Anderson & Hill Sports, former Feb 22 quake red zone, cnr St Asaph St / Colombo St. Sept 2012, Anderson & Hill Sports was revamped as Tradestaff, anticipating CBD rebuild recruitment
26.10.11. Feb 22 quake demolition site, cnr St Asaph St / Colombo St. Red zone, dead CBD bldgs beyond
Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.
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