Most of the bus hubs that form a key part of Wellington’s new public transport system are not finished – or even started – yet. But temporary setups and shelters are in place, with Metlink AmBUSsadors in place to help passengers get to the right place to get on the right bus.
A temporary Metlink shelter at Stop A at the Miramar Bus Hub. Photo supplied.
The major changes to public bus transport across the Wellington region include the establishment of eight bus hubs where main bus routes will interchange for transferring passengers.
There are changes to bus stops at the Wellington Station Interchange. The Courtenay Place bus hub, apart from new signage, is unchanged – for now. But construction of the new bus hubs at Johnsonville, Karori Tunnel, Brooklyn, Newtown, Kilbirnie and Miramar is going to take a while to finish.
Signage and stops have changed at the Wellington Station Interchange, and passengers are asked to check bus stop numbers for services as these will have changed. The onlyther change planned for this hub is an electric bus charger that will be installed by Tranzit in the future, though this shouldn’t affect passengers.
Construction on the Courtenay Place bus hub is not due to begin until September 2018, with another stop and more shelter coming, but new signage for temporary bus hub stops are in place.
In Johnsonville, hub construction work is waiting on the upgrade of the library. Metlink services will operate out of two temporary stops in the Countdown car park, one adjacent to the railway station and one against the southern wall of the carpark. Temporary shelters are in place for some stops and existing shop canopies will provide shelter for others. There will be a third bus stop on Moorefield Road, under the Countdown veranda.
Construction of the city side of the Karori Tunnel bus hub on Glenmore Street is not due to begin until late August, and will provide more travel options between Victoria University and the western suburbs. Existing shelter has been deemed adequate.
Because of the complexity of construction at the Brooklyn bus hub site at Cleveland Street and Brooklyn Library, Metlik will be operating services from a temporary hub in the Brooklyn village, with shelter provided by canopies
In Newtown outside the Regional Hospital, while the main hub is completed, Metlink services are operating out of two temporary stops with shelters on the hospital side of Riddiford Street, located to the south of the previous hospital stop and clearly signposted. The stop on the other side of the road will remain in its current location outside Ronald McDonald House.
The stormwater renewal project still taking place in Kilbirnie will make it impossible for bus services to operate out of the permanent Evans Bay Parade hub for several weeks. The works have extended into Bay Road, making the route impassable at key times. Once the work is complete, installation of the prefabricated shelters will be quick and easy. A temporary bus hub is in operation on Rongotai Road, adjacent to Pak’nSave.
While hub construction work is completed in Miramar, Metlink services will operate from two new stops on either side of Miramar Avenue, one in front of the New World carpark and the other in front of the Salvation Army store. A temporary shelter is in place, alongside existing shelter.
Metlink AmBUSsadors will be stationed at all hubs for two weeks from 15 July to make sure passengers find the right stop for their services. Or you can call 0800 801 700 with any questions.