In­creased fre­quency for buses to Ash­hurst

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

From four times a week to four times a day, Ash­hurst com­muters now have a much bet­ter bus ser­vice.

A two-year trial of the new ser­vices started last week, with four re­turn ser­vices a day from the vil­lage to the city on week­days, and a sin­gle re­turn trip on Satur­days.

The jour­ney from the Cam­bridge Ave Plun­ket Rooms to town takes 30 min­utes, with the first morn­ing ser­vice timed to ar­rive at the Main St ter­mi­nal at 7.35am.

The two other morn­ing ser­vices ar­rive at 8.30am and 10am, with the fourth at 2.20pm.

The last bus of the day de­parts Main St for Ash­hurst at 5.30pm.

Hori­zons pas­sen­ger trans­port com­mit­tee chair­woman Rachel Keed­well hoped the bet­ter ser­vice would make peo­ple less de­pen­dent on cars.

‘‘Out here you had to have a car to get to work. If you are out here and you can’t drive, what are you go­ing to do?’’

Once leav­ing the vil­lage, the bus will be non-stop to Palmer­ston North, though tweaks could be made if there was de­mand from those who lived in be­tween.

Keed­well was op­ti­mistic that vil­lage peo­ple would get on board the ser­vice, but noted its fu­ture hinged on its us­age.

‘‘Out here you had to have a car to get to work. If you are out here and you can’t drive, what are you go­ing to do?’’ – Rachel Keed­well

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