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Wellington bus drivers vote for fare strike

Wellington bus drivers have voted for industrial action including a fare strike – driving buses while refusing to take fares – from the 28th of January if their employer NZ Bus continues to force part-time shifts on them. The company’s attempts to use more part-time shifts with fewer hours would see many drivers face loss …

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All services cancelled on 20 Wellington bus routes tomorrow between 8am and 4pm.

According to Metlink, 20 Wellington bus routes will have all services cancelled tomorrow between 8am and 4pm due to strike action by the 240 members of The Tramways Union. The services which will be affected are 2, 3, 12, 14, 18, 18e, 20, 21, 22, 28, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 36, 81, 83, 84, …

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Electric buses waiting for new fast charger pick-up

Many of you will be aware of Wellington’s new fleet of ten double decker electric buses – the first such buses in the Southern Hemisphere …. designed and built in New Zealand. Photo: RNZ / Emma Hatton Paul Eagle MP and I went down to Reef Street, Island Bay, yesterday to talk with Paul Snelgrove and …

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Wellington to trial bus to zoo

The Wellington Regional Council will trial a bus route to Wellington Zoo after public pressure since the new network was set up. Photo: Supplied / Wellington Zoo When Metlink’s new system was launched, the service running to Wellington Zoo was scrapped. It will now run a six-month trial service leaving Wellington Station every hour, from 3 …

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Terrace Roadworks – expect delays

Repaving is underway on the southbound lane of The Terrace between RNZ House and Salamanca Rd. Expect delays during your morning commute in this area. Image: Google Maps / Screengrab    

Infratil agrees to sell NZ Bus

Infratil has agreed to sell its NZ Bus unit to Next Capital for up to $240 million, but will help the Australian private equity firm pay for it.   Announced after the New Zealand market had closed, Infratil said it’s reached a conditional sale with Next Capital, which sold Go Bus to Ngai Tahu Holdings …

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Updated: Wellington trains disrupted due to mechanical work

Updated: Wellington train services will be disrupted at peak times today due to urgent mechanical work. Click here to go to Metlink for live information A large number of train services will not be running and people are expected to have to switch to buses, which might cause long delays. RNZ understands 20 trains have …

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Greater Wellington Regional Council responds to independent bus review

Improvements in Wellington’s new bus services are “ongoing and sustained,” an independent review into implementation challenges of the Wellington City and Hutt Valley network has found. The review, prepared by Australia-based consultants L.E.K. and commissioned by the Regional Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency, describes the introduction of the new network as a complex …

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Cause of Wellington’s bus network failure revealed

An independent review into Wellington’s troubled bus network has revealed a raft of failings from the regional council. The new routes weren’t tested because the council did not believe it would give an accurate picture of how they would run. Photo: RNZ / Emma Hatton It came after the new bus network, launched in July …

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New handrail, lights and paint job next year for Seatoun Tunnel

The Seatoun Tunnel will have its pedestrian handrail extended and receive new LED lighting alongside earthquake strengthening work in early 2019. The work is part of an ongoing programme by the Wellington City Council to improve the safety and accessibility of Wellington’s earthquake prone structures. Alongside the essential strengthening work, plans include extending the existing …

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Santa parades close roads this weekend

Roads and bus stops will be closed for Christmas parades in Johnsonville and Tawa on Saturday, and in Kilbirnie and Upper Hutt on Sunday. The town centre of Johnsonville will be closed from 10.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday for the Christmas Parade. The roads that will be closed are: Wanaka Street Dr Taylor Terrace Moorefield …

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Bus hub budget balloons to $14m

The cost of installing seven bus hubs has blown out from $3.5m to more than $14 million. RNZ story by Senior Reporter Catherine Hutton @Chuttonnz [email protected] The Kilbirnie bus hub in Wellington had to be modified after the WCC announced the cycleway route. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller The bus hubs, designed to connect buses from the outer …

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Road closures and bus diversions for this weekend’s Very Welly Christmas

All lanes of Lambton Quay and seven surrounding streets will be closed this weekend for the two-day celebrations of A Very Welly Christmas. Lambton Quay will be closed from the intersection of Whitmore and Bowen Streets to Willis Street from 12.15am on Saturday 24 November until 11.50pm Sunday 25 November. Sections of the following streets …

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Bus diversions and road closures for Petone Twilight Xmas Parade tonight

The Petone Twilight Christmas Parade 2018 from 6.00pm to 9.00pm tonight will involve road closures and changes to bus services. Jackson Street will be closed from Petone Avenue to Cuba Street. Elizabeth Street will be closed from Jackson Street to Buick Street. Buick Street will be closed from Elizabeth Street to The Esplanade. Bus services on …

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Kilbirnie Bus Hub opens on Sunday

The long-awaited Kilbirnie bus hub will be open for operations in its permanent location on Evans Bay Parade from 6.00am on Sunday 18 November. Civil works associated with the Kilbirnie stormwater renewal project had made the route impassable for bus services at key times. The stormwater upgrade has now progressed to a stage where Metlink …

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Bus timetable changes from Sunday

From Sunday 11 November, Metlink are making timetable adjustments to a number of Wellington city bus routes including 1, 7, 17, 17e, 19, 19e, 23, 23e, 24, 29, 29e, 30x, 32x, and school bus routes 624, 654 and 774. Details are listed here. Metlink are promising improved bus reliability, better connections between services and more …

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Road works close Courtenay Place bus stops

Metlink advise that Courtenay Place Stop C (Stop 5516) will be closed today, Thursday 8 November, from 9.00am to 4.00pm for roadworks (see below). The road works will move across the road tomorrow (Friday) to Courtenay Place Stop A (Stop 5000) which will be closed from 9.00am to 4.00pm (below). Services affected are: 1 Johnsonville West/Churton …

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GWRC paying $150k a month for extra “banker” buses

The Wellington Regional Council council is paying $150,000 a month to add extra buses to its ailing new network. It has also spent $338,000 between July and September on contractors to help embed the new network, which has been riddled with problems since it launched in July. RNZ story by reporter Laura Dooney and journalist …

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