Residents oppose Khandallah bus changes

PAUL EASTON
Last updated 11:42 29/05/2014

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Residents from the Wellington suburb of Khandallah are challenging proposed bus routes changes, saying they will mean longer journeys and unsafe walks for some people.

"It fails miserably to achieve its goals for the residents of Khandallah," Nicole Cottrell said today during a submission to the Greater Wellington Regional Council's draft Regional Public Transport Plan.

Under the draft plan a new bus route (K) is proposed to replace the current 43 and 44 bus routes.

It would run a "there and back" route through to Wellington, Aro Valley and Highbury.

According to the draft plan, the current route is "characterised by long, unreliable, one-way bus loops travelling in opposite directions through Khandallah."

Cottrell said the new route would take 45 minutes - 30 minutes longer than the current routes.

During off peak times, the bottom of Onslow Rd would have no bus services.

With no footpaths "cutting off-peak services to this area will impact the safety of pedestrians and motorists who use this busy road."

The proposed changes were also opposed by Dermot Byrne of the Khandallah Residents Association.

"There is a great deal of concern," he said.

Dr Nick Lambrechsten said people trying to make their way to alternative bus stops from lower Onslow Rd "may well be killed before they get there."

Ross Anderson also said the planned changes would "ruin" the service for people in Broadmeadows.

"By cancelling the Broadmeadows Shopper bus you are severely limiting the public transport for both the people of Broadmeadows and the residents of Malvina Major."

Councillor Paul Swain said specific route proposals were "not set in stone."

"Rest assured this is not the final say on the matter."

Submissions on the draft plan - Greater Wellington Regional Council's blueprint for public transport services - are being heard this week.

The Council has received 618 submissions.

The draft plan includes a proposal for a new high-frequency bus network, integrated ticketing and options for replacing Wellington's bus fleet with new diesel, hybrid or electric buses.

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