NZ bus plan reviewed

Draft plan for a new bus network to be revised, as NZ council reflects on submissions

A drastic overhaul of the initial plan to update Wellington’s bus services has resulted from intense interest during the public consultation process, Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) announced recently.

The goal of the GWRC Regional Public Transport Plan is to make the bus network easier, quicker and more convenient for Wellington public transport users from early 2018 onwards.

New bus routes proposed for Khandallah, Broadmeadows, Ngaio and Churton Park will be altered in line with submissions following consultation with affected communities.

The proposed replacement of the Route 18 Campus Connection service seems to have struck a chord with Victoria University and Massey University staff and students and is also being reviewed.

GWRC pledged to work with Victoria University to investigate trial services between the Kelburn Campus and the suburbs of Karori, Mt Cook and Newtown in Febraury last year and this is still being investigated.

The wider plan includes an infrastructure strategy for the creation of new bus stops, bus lanes and upgrades to key bus interchanges.

Most of the network design has been done and GWRC is now working on the finer details of routes and timetables.

The new network aims to deliver more frequent off-peak services in 15 suburbs, new weekend services in 10 suburbs, later evening services in 10 suburbs, reduced service duplication-reducing the total number of routes from 42 to 34 and less bus congestion in Wellington’s CBD.

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