Air­port link should fly

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

When I first moved to the re­gion I al­ways thought it was strange the Air­port Flyer bus ser­viced the Hutt Val­ley, but com­pletely snubbed Porirua.

Lo­cals, of course, have still had the op­tions of driv­ing to the air­port and paying for long term park­ing (ouch), a taxi (dou­ble ouch) or train­ing to Welling­ton sta­tion and catch­ing the Flyer there.

It wasn’t un­til I had chil­dren I re­alised what a has­sle the lat­ter would be. If I was ever to con­tem­plate jug­gling lug­gage and small chil­dren be­tween a bus and train, it would have been be­fore I at­tempted a sim­i­lar feat get­ting bags and bawl­ing babes from the domestic to in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal at Syd­ney Air­port.

Never again. I will pay through the nose, eye­ball or ear for the sake of my san­ity. But not ev­ery­one has that lux­ury. Mana MP Kris Faafoi last week raised the idea of the Air­port Flyer in­clud­ing Porirua, and it re­ceived some me­dia at­ten­tion and a lot of sup­port on our Face­book page.

That NZ Bus, who runs the fly­over, re­cently cut Up­per Hutt out of its loop, and re­duced the fre­quency of stops in Lower Hutt, would sug­gest Mr Faafoi is in for an up­hill bat­tle.

Greater Welling­ton re­gional coun­cil­lor Peter Glen­sor thought it would be a great idea but NZ Bus had al­ways been ‘‘hes­i­tant’’ about its vi­a­bil­ity.

Really? Many Porirua trav­ellers would pay dou­ble the $12 charged to Hutt folk as an alternative to $100 taxi rides and hefty air­port park­ing costs.

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