Residents challenge draft bus route plan

18:27, May 29 2014

Residents from the Wellington suburb of Khandallah are challenging proposed bus route changes they say 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 during a submission to the Greater Wellington Regional Council's draft regional public transport plan yesterday.

Under the draft plan, a new bus route, K, is proposed to replace the 43 and 44 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".

But Cottrell said the new route would take 45 minutes - about 30 minutes longer than at present. 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 the Khandallah Residents Association. "There is a great deal of concern," chairman Dermot Byrne said.

Ross Anderson said planned bus route 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."

The council received 618 submissions on its draft transport plan. It includes a proposal for a new high-frequency bus network, integrated ticketing, and options for replacing Wellington's bus fleet with diesel buses, hybrids or electric buses.

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