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Wednesday November 7, 2018

Better bus services for Churton Park A successful public meeting on the new bus services was held on September 13. It was organised by Churton Park Community Association in conjunction with List MP Brett Hudson, who sites on Parliament’s Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee. The meeting raised a considerable number of failings in the recently introduced Metrolink bus system. Among those most frequently

complained of were poor adherence to timetables, especially on Route 1, and the strong criticism of stopping Route 19 buses early in the evening, limiting visiting the city for social activities, long walks home in the dark and sometimes in poor weather Regional councillors who attended were chairperson Chris Laidlaw, Sue Kedgely, Daran Ponter and Ian McKinnon. Association spokesperson Richard Taylor said they took

Ring out the bells... O n Novemb e r 11, a t 11.02am, belltowers throughout New Zealand will ring out in The Roaring Chorus, part of world-wide celebrations marking 100 years since the World War I armistice was signed. A cacophony of joyful noise will break the two-minute silence of remembrance being observed nationwide at 11am. New Zealand’s Roaring Chorus connects with a campaign led by the UK government and supported by the German government. Other countries including the USA are contributing, and even the remote location of Rothera Research Station in the Antarctic is expected to join. Thousands are also expected to make jubilant noise with vintage car horns, cannons, waiata, cheers, whistles, hooters and even pots and pans. Fire and Emergency New Zealand and New Zealand Police have invited available fire appliances and police cars to ring their sirens, and

notice of the strongly expressed complaints and undertook to continue to work with them to address these deficiencies. On October 6, Daran Ponter and Ian McK innon then met with a subcommittee of the Churton Park association. “The final outcome has been that there are improvements to Routes 1 and 19 to be introduced on November 11,” said Richard. He added that further discussions are to take place, including buses arriving early, particularly in the very early morning, location of some stops and some additional stops, and the provision of Real Time Information Boards. The changes to Route 1 should he says, result in schedules being better adhered to, better matching of bus sizes to de-

The number 1 bus to Churton Park - a better service.

mand to reduce overcrowding, and reducing of “bunching” ,when several buses to the same destination arrive at the same time. later services are also to be provided, with the last bus to leave Courtenay Place at midnight. On route 19, there are to be

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