Red zone bus tours begin

5:25 pm on 17 July 2012

Bus tours of the cordoned area in central Christchurch began on Tuesday.

The Red Bus company last month won a contract to run the tours, after the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority called tenders.

Red Bus says 45-minute tours will initially run four times per day, seven days per week, with tickets costing $15.

Chief executive Paul McNoe says more than 300 bookings have already been made for the next few weeks.

He says the route depends on minimising any risks from building demolition.