Timetable changes worry com­muters

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Porirua’s bus timeta­bles changed on Mon­day but some res­i­dents are con­cerned com­muters could be caught out of the loop if they have not re­ceived the right in­for­ma­tion.

Can­nons Creek res­i­dent Mar­garet Clark, a reg­u­lar com­muter, said the prac­ti­cal im­pli­ca­tion of the changes to the As­cot Park to Ti­tahi Bay route mean bus users will have to stand on the op­po­site side of the road to the shel­ter where they would nor­mally catch the bus from.

‘‘I don’t think many peo­ple re­alise they have to do that now. Peo­ple will be stand­ing where they nor­mally catch the bus but they’ll miss it be­cause they’re meant to be stand­ing on the other side of the road. It hasn’t been pub­li­cised very well at all,’’ she said.

Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil’s eco­nomic well­be­ing com­mit­tee chair­man, Peter Glen­sor, en­cour­ages the pub­lic to keep them­selves well in­formed of changes to bus and rail ser­vices.

He is urg­ing all com­muters to pick up a copy of the new timetable from their lo­cal Metlink stock­ist or down­load one from the Metlink web­site, metlink.org.nz. He said there are lots of changes.

The bus stop near­est Ms Clark’s home on Cas­tor Cres will not be used any more.

She will need to phone the com­mu­nity bus ser­vice or walk to an­other bus stop on War­spite Ave if she wants to go any­where.

‘‘My prob­lem is that I have to pick up my grand­son from Plim­mer­ton, and [the changes mean] that buses’ times vary now. I’m fright­ened to use it be­cause I’m not guar­an­teed to catch the 2.30pm train to get to him in time.’’

Pa­pakowhai res­i­dent Ali­son How­ell is con­cerned the Pa­pakowhai 65 bus, re­placed by a route 236 ser­vice be­cause of low pa­tron­age, will mean there is no ser­vice for com­muters go­ing to Welling­ton dur­ing work­ing and school hours.

‘‘Up un­til now the pub­lic trans­port sys­tem through Pa­pakowhai has been some­thing the sub­urb could con­sider a pos­i­tive fea­ture,’’ she said.

‘‘Not all of us are young and fit enough to walk to and from Pare­mata Sta­tion. Not all of us are will­ing or able to take a car in to Welling­ton ev­ery day.’’

New timeta­bles are avail­able at the i-SITE store un­der the canopies in Porirua.

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