Timetable changes worry commuters
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.