Feedback sought on new Porirua bus timetables
A brand new bus route through Aotea, longer weekend and evening bus services, and a single route between eastern and western Porirua are some of the specific improvements being proposed for Porirua bus services.
Porirua and Tawa residents were consulted in March / April 2009 on changes to local bus services; now Greater Wellington is seeking feedback on the proposed new timetables in particular.
Peter Glensor, Chair of Greater Wellington’s Transport and Access Committee, said the public response to the proposed changes last year was generally positive. “We presented two options for changes to bus services in each part of Porirua, apart from the city centre, and we got a clear picture of what people liked and didn’t like. Since then we’ve done some more investigation and done a lot of work on designing new timetables so we’re very keen to hear what people think.”
Some of the key changes are: all Porirua buses will run through the city centre; improved weekend services; better hospital connections; direct all day access from Whitby and Papakowhai to Paremata Station; more peak hour services and later services for Titahi Bay and Whitby.
“Aotea residents will have a bus service and both sides of Porirua – east and west – will be linked by a single bus route. So you’ll be able to travel from Titahi Bay to Ascot Park without having to change buses.”
Cr Glensor said that new and more frequent services cost more money to provide, so there had to be some trade-offs. “Buses will run to the top of Pikarere Street in Titahi Bay only during the week, not the weekends, and buses will no longer run to Apple and Ribbonwood Terraces in Ranui Heights. Reducing services is never easy but a very substantial amount of regional ratepayers’ money goes into public transport, so we need to make hard decisions and target services to where the demand is greatest.”
Feedback on the proposed new timetables is required by Monday 15 February 2010. More information is contained in a brochure. You can provide feedback online, or by emailing email@example.com or you can post a written submission to Porirua Bus Review, Greater Wellington Regional Council, PO Box 11646, Manners Street, Wellington 6142.
The changes will take effect sometime after June 2010.
For more information, please contact Greater Wellington's media team.