A bus, yes, but not as we know them today
Hold the horses!
This photo of the original Titahi Bay to Porirua ‘‘bus’’ shows what a different experience a ride on a Mana Coach Services bus was early last century.
With all the debate these days about cars versus public transport, think back to the days when buses were a lot less available and comfortable.
Jack Jillett ran a regular service between Porirua Railway Station and Titahi Bay.
The service began in the late 1880s, and was started by William Jillett, then operated by Herbert Jillett. The bus was essentially a wagon with benches for sitting on and canvas sides. It could carry up to 16 passengers. A Porirua resident recalled that in bad weather the canvas sides would be rolled down.
The Titahi Bay Road didn’t exist until the early 1960s.
Before that the road ran along the beachfront and was described as ‘‘quite boggy’’.