Sur­vey favours pub­lic trans­port

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

A pub­lic trans­port sys­tem for the South Waikato is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the district coun­cil.

Af­ter a sur­vey of 400 res­i­dents showed sup­port for pub­lic trans­port, South Waikato District Coun­cil voted on Thurs­day to con­tinue con­sid­er­ing it..

Pro­pos­als for bus ser­vices link­ing Toko­roa to Pu­taruru, Ti­rau and pos­si­bly Hamil­ton will be in­cluded in next year’s coun­cil an­nual plan.

South Waikato Mayor Neil Sin­clair said the com­mu­nity could then have a say on pub­lic trans­port dur­ing the an­nual plan con­sul­ta­tion process.

Mr Sin­clair said one of the key points would be how much of the ser­vice was funded by users and how much fund­ing came from rates.

He urged those in favour of pub­lic trans­port to con­sider whether such a ser­vice was some­thing they needed or some­thing they would like to have.

The sur­vey re­sults were pre­sented at Thurs­day’s coun­cil com­mu­nity and as­sets com­mit­tee meet­ing. The sur­vey in­cluded res­i­dents of Toko­roa and Pu­taruru. It showed 75 per cent of re­spon­dents sup­ported a bus ser­vice be­tween Toko­roa and Pu­taruru; 78 per cent sup­ported a ser­vice link­ing the South Waikato and Hamil­ton.

How­ever, only 48 per cent of re­spon­dents said they would ac­tu­ally use the ser­vice.

Coun­cil staff would see if part of a new bus ser­vice could be funded by Waikato District Health Board, En­vi­ron­ment Waikato or neigh­bour­ing district coun­cils.

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