Gap in bus ser­vice

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/NEWS -

Edi­tor,

In the re­vised Porirua area bus ser­vice, to take ef­fect Fe­bru­ary 21, the Pa­pakowhai 65 bus is to be re­placed by a Route 236 ser­vice. I quote from metlink.org.nz: ‘‘It will pro­vide a ser­vice be­tween 8.00am to 5.30pm week­days.’’

This means there is no ser­vice for com­muters go­ing to Welling­ton dur­ing nor­mal work­ing and school hours. I do not think this change has been widely pub­li­cised. It is hid­den away on the web­site and was not men­tioned in the flyer that was dis­trib­uted to homes.

When I boarded the 7.20am bus this week I counted 13 pas­sen­gers. If that is not a well­pa­tro­n­ised ser­vice, I don’t now what is. Con­trary to what Metlink tells us, these early buses are some of the best pa­tro­n­ised of any on the route.

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.

Up un­til now the pub­lic trans­port sys­tem through Pa­pakowhai has been some­thing the sub­urb could con­sider a pos­i­tive fea­ture. These changes will al­most take us back to the days I re­mem­ber when there was no bus ser­vice at all.

- ALI­SON HOW­ELL, Pa­pakowhai.

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