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article imageChristchurch tracks up for tramway extension

By Sharon Davis     Apr 13, 2010 in Travel
Traffic through the centre of town in the garden city of Christchurch has been temporarily diverted to allow for extensions to the tram route, a popular tourist attraction taking in the heritage spots of the inner city.
Even the tram drivers are excited about the extended route. They joke that none of the drivers will consider resigning before the first phase of the new route opens in 2011 in time for the Rugby World Cup… because after all these years on a circular route of right turns, they’re all looking forward to turning left for a change!
The current tour, in restored historic trams, is 2,5km long and includes 11 popular stops running from the tram station at one end of town, past Cathedral Square and the Arts Centre, to the Botanic Gardens before returning past Hagley Park and Victoria Square.
The two-phase extension project has a budget of NZD 11.5mn and is part of the city council’s strategy to revitalise the central city and attract more businesses and development.
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