‘Mini-cen­sus’ to gain train stats

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Porirua has given the cost and re­li­a­bil­ity of trains a thumbs down in a re­cent Metlink sur­vey.

It found only 16 per cent of Porirua res­i­dents were sat­is­fied with the re­li­a­bil­ity of trains, com­pared to 29 per cent re­gion­wide.

Twenty per cent were sat­is­fied with the cost of train travel, com­pared to 35 per cent of all Wellingtonians.

How­ever, trains re­main highly pop­u­lar in Porirua – 62 per cent of lo­cals have taken a train in the last three months, com­pared to less than half of all Wellingtonians.

Lo­cals are less keen on bus travel, with only half of re­spon­dents tak­ing the bus in the last three months, while two thirds did re­gion­ally.

Over­all, the sur­vey sug­gests less than a fifth of Porirua res­i­dents use pub­lic trans­port three times a week or more, a much lower up­take than the third of greater Welling­ton that fre­quently uses trains, buses and fer­ries.

Metlink car­ried out 750 phone sur­veys in April and May, 81 of those with Porirua res­i­dents.

Porirua is not re­ject­ing bus travel, but its up­take pales in com­par­i­son to Welling­ton City, says Brett Sang­ster, spokesman for Greater Welling­ton Re­gional coun­cil, which runs Metlink.

‘‘The lower Porirua bus pa­tron­age rate, com­pared to the re­gion as a whole, prob­a­bly re­flects the very high bus pa­tron­age rate in Welling­ton City – in­clud­ing New­lands and all the Welling­ton sub­urbs,’’ he says.

High train use can be at­trib­uted to the hordes that com­mute out of the city each day for work.

‘‘A large num­ber of Porirua res­i­dents com­mute to work, school, ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion, ap­point­ments etcetera by train.’’

The Porirua sta­tis­tics are only a rough pic­ture, as so few lo­cals were sur­veyed, Mr Sang­ster says.

But train pas­sen­gers will get an­other op­por­tu­nity to have their say on pub­lic trans­port this week, with Metlink run­ning a ‘‘mini-cen­sus’’ in the car­riages.

On Thurs­day all pas­sen­gers on the Kapiti line dur­ing morn­ing peak-hour and at mid­day will be sur­veyed.

Ques­tions they will be asked in­clude how they got to the sta­tion, how they will get from the sta­tion to work or school, and which type of ticket they use.

The can­celling of this year’s na­tional cen­sus de­prived Metlink of a wealth of pas­sen­ger in­for­ma­tion, so it de­cided to hold its own cen­sus to gather the in­for­ma­tion.

‘‘Our plan­ning staff rely quite heav­ily on the five-yearly cen­sus for in­for­ma­tion about trends in travel pat­terns, which ar­eas are grow­ing, which routes are in heavy de­mand,’’ Peter Glen­sor, chair­man of Greater Welling­ton’s Eco­nomic Well­be­ing Com­mit­tee, says.

Bus pas­sen­gers will be sur­veyed later in Au­gust.

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