Elderly like change to bus service
Some of Palmerston North’s older residents will now be able to nip into town by bus.
A new, more regular, Summerhill bus service has been put in place this month and the residents of Summerset on Summerhill resthome are among those eager to get on board.
The previous service had gone through Massey University and had dropped in frequency when the university’s semesters ended. The new service would go directly to town and be more frequent.
The two-year trial is being run by Horizons Regional Council, which announced the service to residents on Wednesday.
Summerset resident Jeanne Candish said she and her husband Gordon would not have to worry about driving now.
‘‘We found the bus service is quite good, we always had a car up to about two weeks ago, I got too nervous to drive.’’
Fellow residents Colleen Grady and Margaret Hollingsworth were pleased to hear the buses would kneel to allow them to take their walkers on.
Horizons passenger transport chairwoman Rachel Keedwell said using the previous bus relied on knowing the dates of Massey’s semesters.