Bus stop to re­main out­side re­tire­ment vil­lage

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

Christ­mas came early for the res­i­dents of the Man­ningville Pen­sioner flats.

Plans to scrap a bus stop from out­side the gate of the Royal Oak re­tire­ment vil­lage have been scrapped af­ter res­i­dents kicked up a fuss about los­ing their ‘‘life­line’’.

Auck­land Trans­port is re­view­ing all bus stop lo­ca­tions along Manukau Rd, from One­hunga to the in­ter­sec­tion with Great South Rd in New­mar­ket.

It is look­ing at re­mov­ing some stops along the busy stretch to speed up bus jour­neys and has com­pleted a route re­view which found some stops were too close to­gether and oth­ers too far apart. This can have im­pli­ca­tions on the ef­fi­ciency of the ser­vice and travel times.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion found three stops be­tween Mt Smart Rd and Trafal­gar St in­clud­ing the one out­side the pen­sioner hous­ing were very close to­gether.

Be­cause of this and low pa­tron­age Auck­land Trans- port con­sid­ered re­mov­ing the stop.

But engi­neer Jacinda Har­ries says af­ter pub­lic feed­back it was de­cided not to pro­ceed with the plan.

‘‘Auck­land Trans­port re­ceived sig­nif­i­cant feed­back re­gard­ing the re­moval of stop 8729, the ma­jor­ity of it op­posed but some in sup­port.

‘‘While ini­tially it was con- sidered that 160m was not too far to walk to the ad­ja­cent stop should this stop be re­moved, clearly from feed­back this is not the case and this pro­posed re­moval would have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on many of the el­derly res­i­dents.’’

Man­ningville res­i­dent Lofty Rain­ford told the Cen­tral Leader in Novem­ber that the bus pro­vided a vi­tal link to the city for those who couldn’t drive. The de­ci­sion to keep the stop has buoyed the small com­mu­nity, he says.

‘‘It’s good news for ev­ery­one, it’s great. The boys are all pleased be­cause they can hop on the bus and go to the doc­tor, visit fam­i­lies or friends or just go for a trip.’’

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