Airport Flyer for Porirua suggested

KERRY MCBRIDE
Last updated 08:11 08/02/2013

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Mana MP Kris Faafoi is keen to see an Airport Flyer route introduced through Porirua, saying there is little on offer for those travelling to Wellington Airport.

The suggestion comes a month after NZ Bus, which owns the Airport Flyer, axed services between Upper Hutt and Queensgate in Lower Hutt, and reduced the frequency of services from Queensgate to the airport.

Instead, NZ Bus increased the number of buses between the airport and Wellington Railway Station from every 15 minutes to every 10 minutes during peak times.

But even if the Hutt services had been reduced, people in the Mana area were stuck with no service at all, Mr Faafoi said.

"I think most people in Porirua and further south would appreciate being able to get a bus right to the airport without having to stop at the [Wellington] train station."

At present, most residents in the area would have to get a train into Wellington and transfer onto the Flyer which meant people were paying twice for public transport on one trip, Mr Faafoi said.

"I just think it's strange that for the population we have up in that western corridor that we don't have a transport route like a bus that takes us to the front step of the airport.

"Instead of getting from one onto another, it should just be a one stop shop."

Greater Wellington regional councillor Peter Glensor, deputy chair of the regional transport committee, said a Porirua route had been discussed many times at the committee table and with NZ Bus.

"A great many people have said that it would be really great to have a Flyer service much like they do in the Hutt Valley. People out there find it really valuable."

But as the Flyer was a fully commercial operation, NZ Bus seemed hesitant about the route's viability, Mr Glensor said.

"The impression I get is that it would be a struggle to run it as a service. But there are many, many people who would love to see it."

NZ Bus did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

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- The Dominion Post

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