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Peak time Wellington bus service lags behind trains

Nov 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

THE RESULTS of a Greater Wellington Regional Council public transport survey will be released at the year’s end, but while people wait for findings, they are also waiting for peak hour buses. 

According to the Metlink journey planner, there are buses running from Manners Mall to the railway station approximately every two to three minutes – yet patrons attest this is not the reality.

Wellingtonian Jim Tucker, who recently moved to Paekakariki, says while he is pleasantly surprised by the trains, the bus service is appalling.

“A bunch of us come out of the railway station about 8.35 to 8.40 and it’s a real mission finding a bus to get you across town to Cuba St,” he says.

“I stood in the cold, wet southerly for about 10 minutes yesterday, and there was nothing. When one finally did come to the bus stops outside the station, it was jam-packed.”

Naomi Perry, a recent graduate, is equally unimpressed with the service.

“It’s annoying when you have plans that rely on the bus timetables provided, especially when you need to be somewhere that requires prompt arrival, like the train station.”

The results of the public transport survey will need to be reviewed, says Philippa Lagan, spokeswoman of Greater Wellington, with public consultation taking place from late January to February.

“In short, there’s no immediate action, but certainly changes are in the pipeline to improve bus services and travelling times.”

In preliminary survey results, more than 80% of respondents have said that they would like to improve the reliability of services, the frequency of services, or both.

Furthermore the preliminary results have revealed that 87% of people use the bus service for work.

Mr Tucker says he appreciates that one person’s ten minute wait may not seem like much on first thought, but the time is accumulative.

“You might say 10 minutes is nothing either way, but I wonder how much productivity the city loses each day because the bus company doesn’t think it’s a priority to have buses connecting to the station more often at peak times.”

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