Thursday April 12, 2018
New bus route will improve journeys: Council Greater Wellington Regional Council says the changes to bus routes and timetables across Wellington are about making a
better and more integrated public transport network that helps more people go to more places.
The council is responding to a petition that a Roseneath schoolgirl, Meaghan Serjantson, has begun on the Change.org website calling for the No.14 bus service to be retained, as reported in last week’s issue. “The decision to change the 14 route was confirmed and publicised by Greater Wellington Regional Council in its Regional Public Transport Plan in 2014,” senior engagement advisor Peter Thornbury says. “The plan was the culmination of years of work, including assessing technical advice from independent and council public transport experts, and many rounds of public consultation.” The key driver of the whole network was removal of route duplication to decongest the network, he says. “From Hataitai Village the 14 route currently overlaps with the number 2 route.” From July that will be part of the new “East-West spine” - a high frequency service
with buses every five to 10 minutes on weekdays running between Karori and Seatoun, via Hataitai and Kilbirnie. The No.14 will connect to this at Hataitai Village. The council accepts that for some commuters it will mean a change in the way they currently travel that could be inconvenient. “We’re sorry for that,” Peter says. However a new bus stop is being created at the bottom of Hataitai Road close to the corner with Waitoa Road, which serves as the beginning of the return route. “So people will only have to walk a few metres to the main Waitoa Road stop, and there will be no need to cross the road.” From July 15 there will be free bus-to-bus transfers within 30 minutes when using Snapper cards, meaning travel from Hataitai and Roseneath to Kilbirnie shops will not cost any more. Peter also clarifies that the No.3 service will continue to go to the airport retail park. SELF SERVICE
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