Bus hub waste of funds
AFTER reading the story about the proposed bus hub I wanted to correct inaccuracies put forward by council. This plan will not lead to major activation, will not provide value for money, and has been the result of very, very limited consultation.
I have repeatedly tried raising concerns and asking questions of council and am repeatedly met with delays and deflections as they rush through this plan.
I was recently provided with documentation from council on the planning for this hub which raises even more questions they won’t answer. The key points are: • The establishment of the bus hub was a predetermined goal and was not based on any demonstrated need.
• Based on 2013 data ( there is no evidence that council has more recent numbers and there is no evidence bus usage has increased) there are on average 1016 trips per month to the CBD. To handle this very small number of people there will be approximately 3000 buses per month driving through a turnaround in Ogden/ Hanran streets ... one person on every third bus. The only activation this will bring is in chronic lung disease among CBD residents.
• This bus hub will impact approximately 400 residents with noise and pollution exposures, buses will be idling in a residential street for up to seven minutes.
• Four times as many people cycle to work as those who bus to work, yet there are no immediate plans for more cycling infrastructure ( a bigger priority).
• Parts of Hanran and Ogden streets will be one way streets reducing access for residents.
• The expected life of this hub ( according to council documents) is 10 years.
This is a plan no one I have spoken to at council is willing to own. It was developed by a former town planner, and those working for council are implementing the plan, no questions asked.
This is a monumental waste of money which will deactivate the CBD further. It is not a project locals support. There are far higher priorities.
But council won’t listen. The best we get is Les Walker fronting up at a photo opportunity and telling half truths. We deserve much better. MARK ENDERS,