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Porirua bus passengers bump, grind in potholes

Feb 11th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

BUS DRIVERS in Porirua are fed up with the conditions of their main bus stop.

Despite improvements at Porirua Station, bus drivers who use the road beside it are still facing the daily routine of driving over multiple potholes.

One driver, who did not wish to be named, says holes have damaged bus tyres and the road surface is crumbling.

“They’re not potholes, they’re bloody swimming pools,” he says.

“When one bus is parked on the side and we try to go past, it’s like a rollercoaster ride,” he says.

The bus stops alongside Porirua Station are on Station Rd, a road owned by KiwiRail.

Mana Coach Services chief executive Geoff Norman says his company has raised the potholes issue with KiwiRail and Porirua City Council.

“Both acknowledged the issue, but nothing has been done,” says Mr Norman.

The council’s general manager for asset management and operations, Peter Bailey, says the reason the council has not touched the road is because it is privately owned by KiwiRail.

“If we were to go in and maintain that road it’s like us maintaining your drive way, where do we stop?”

The KiwiRail-owned land stretches between the two main bridges into Porirua city: Titahi Bay Rd bridge and the Ramp into Parumoana St.

The rail corporation has indicated it could the land to the council, says Mr Bailey but a proposal from the rail operator has not yet been received.

KiwiRail spokesperson Kevin Ramshaw admits Station Rd is overdue for repair work.

“KiwiRail accepts that the road has deteriorated to the extent that repairs need to be made. We are currently evaluating two quotes for repair work and we expect to engage a contractor within the near future,” he says in an email.

The company has been in contact with the council regarding the conditions of the road and meetings had taken place.

“For a number of years, KiwiRail and its predecessors [have] discussed with Porirua City Council the possibility of the council contributing to the costs. While these discussions proceeded, no work was carried out,” says Mr Ramshaw.

KiwiRail is spending more than $1 million on improvements at Porirua train station, including resurfacing the station platform, upgrading the bus shelter, subway, lighting and fencing.

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