El­derly forced sit on pave­ment

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - CATRIN OWEN

El­derly people are hav­ing to sit on the cold pave­ment while they wait for buses on cen­tral Auck­land’s Com­merce St.

The bus stop op­po­site Achilles House was moved from Tyler St to ac­com­mo­date the on-go­ing work in Brit­o­mart Square to make way for the City Rail Link.

Tun­nels will be built un­der­neath Brit­o­mart and Queen El­iz­a­beth Square to make way for the City Rail Link con­nect­ing to the ex­ist­ing sta­tion.

Con­struc­tion on the CRL be­gan on June 2, af­ter months of pre-con­sturction work in­clud­ing the move­ment of bus stops such as the ones on Tyler St.

Des Web­ster is in his late 70s and uses the bus to get in to the city from his home in St He­liers.

He has had to sit on the pave­ment along with other el­derly people while they wait for the bus.

‘‘It’s 10 weeks now since it moved and there’s still no seat­ing and people are still sit­ting on the pave­ment,’’ he says.

He had enough of sit­ting on the pave­ments he is mak­ing ar­range­ments to have old park benches de­liv­ered so el­derly people could be seated while they wait for the buses.

Eleven dif­fer­ent buses op­er­ate from Stop 1323 on Com­merce St which trav­els along Ta­maki Dr out as far as Otahuhu and Glen Innes.

Web­ster con­tacted Auck­land Trans­port on May 23 to ask if there would be seat­ing in­stalled for the bus users on Com­merce St.

He then re­ceived a let­ter in re­ply to his query with an an­swer.

‘‘Fol­low­ing cus­tomer feed­back re­ceived over the past few weeks re­gard­ing the lack of seat­ing at this stop, th bus fa­cil­i­ties team has vis­ited the site and a de­ci­sion has been made to in­stall bus stop seat­ing.’’

How­ever Auck­land Trans­port were un­able to give a time­frame.

‘‘The seat­ing at the old stop is sit­ting there un­used,’’ Web­ster says.

The shel­ters re­moved from the stops in Brit­o­mart have been re­lo­cated to other sites around the city with some in­stalled in Lower Al­bert St for the North Shore ser­vices.

Web­ster is an ad­vo­cate for pub­lic trans­port and re­lies on the buses to get to and from the city.

Auck­land Trans­port have been made aware of the is­sue and a spokesper­son say they are plan­ning on pro­vid­ing seat­ing for the Com­merce St bus stop.

On July 4 a no­tice ap­peared mak­ing users aware there would be ac­cess to seat­ing soon.

PHOTO: CATRIN OWEN

Des Web­ster has been forced to sit on the pave­ment on Com­merce St while he waits for this bus.

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