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Tuesday November 21 2017
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Inquiry into bus routes By Emily O’Connell A DOUBLE-DECKER bus tour company has agreed not to drive through residential Riccarton streets – but it has revealed a shortcoming in transport laws. Hassle-Free Tours had planned to go through Rata, Rimu and Titoki Sts on its new route which started earlier this month. The city council was made aware of the route when the tour company made a request to create a bus stop outside Westfield Riccarton on Rotherham St. An agreement was then made to avoid those roads. However, one bus driver accidentally drove on residential streets in Riccarton on the first day of the new route. Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board chairwoman Helen Broughton said when the tour company realised, it made a “very nice” apology. Mrs Broughton said she will now look into the laws which surround the issue. She said not only is it a breach of privacy, it’s also concerning bus companies don’t have to seek approval on their chosen routes. City council manager of transport operations Aaron Haymes
said the agreement relied on “the good will” of the tour company. He said the city council supported the right to privacy of residents. But he said streets are public places and as long as it’s within the bounds of traffic regulations, there are no controls on where buses can travel. “Environment Canterbury and the city council do, however, consult on all public Metro bus routes and bus stop locations,” Mr Haymes said. Riccarton Bush-Kilmarnock Residents’ Association chair-
man Tony Simons said residents didn’t have a problem with the tours in principle. “We should be encouraging a revitalised tourism industry in Christchurch,” he said. Mr Simons said the agreement has met the association’s objections and it is happy the issue has been resolved. The proposed bus stop would function from 9am to 5pm everyday and return to normal car parking after hours. The community board will discuss the bus stop at its meeting next month.
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