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