Wait for new bus shel­ters con­tin­ues

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT - LUCY SWINNEN

Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil has not in­stalled any new bus shel­ters so far this fi­nan­cial year, de­spite its goal of hav­ing 30 new shel­ters in place by the end of June.

The coun­cil iden­ti­fied a need for 162 new bus shel­ters across the re­gion in Fe­bru­ary last year. So far, just 15 of those have been in­stalled.

But the coun­cil says it is on track to hit its 2016-17 tar­get, with 13 new bus shel­ters due to be in­stalled be­fore the end of this month and an­other 17 to be in­stalled by the end of June.

An­gus Gabara, the coun­cil’s man­ager of bus and ferry op­er­a­tions, in­sisted it would not only meet the June 30 tar­get, ’’but we’ll beat it’’.

The rea­son no shel­ters had been in­stalled dur­ing the first nine months of the fi­nan­cial year was be­cause the coun­cil had fo­cussed on re­plac­ing ex­ist­ing shel­ters across the re­gion.

It has com­pleted 31 re­newals against a tar­get of 40 by June 30.

It takes very lit­tle time to build brand new shel­ters, but the in­stal­la­tion process can be held up by neigh­bour­hood con­sul­ta­tion, check­ing sites for suit­abil­ity and, in some cases, ap­ply­ing for a re­source con­sent, Gabara said.

The re­gional coun­cil needs to ap­ply for re­source con­sent to build seven of its pro­posed new shel­ters in Welling­ton city.

Coun­cil­lor Bar­bara Don­ald­son, chair­woman the coun­cil’s Sus­tain­able Trans­port Com­mit­tee, said the shel­ters await­ing re­source con­sents would be built as soon as the pa­per­work was taken care of.

‘‘We of­ten have to de­lay planned in­stal­la­tion to work through ob­jec­tions from neigh­bours.’’

But a Welling­ton City Coun­cil spokesman said it had not yet re­ceived any re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tions from the re­gional coun­cil for bus shel­ters.

Once the ap­pli­ca­tions have been re­ceived, the process of de­cid­ing on con­sent nor­mally takes 20 days.

Last year the re­gional coun­cil set aside $1.9 mil­lion for the new shel­ters and other bus stop infrastructure, as well as sup­port­ing the new 2018 bus net­work.

Fif­teen new bus shel­ters were in­stalled in the 2015-2016 fi­nan­cial year when the coun­cil first out­lined its bus stop pri­ori­ti­sa­tion plan.

Con­tact Metlink to find out if your lo­cal bus stop is des­tined to have a shel­ter.


Coun­cil’s tar­get is to in­stall 30 new shel­ters this fi­nan­cial year.

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