The southern suburbs have been added to the list of public meetings to discuss Wellington’s public transport woes, after meetings in Kilbirnie, Karori and Khandallah.
Tuesday night’s public meeting at the Khandallah Town Hall to discuss bus services covering Broadmeadows, Khandallah, Ngaio and Crofton Downs was “very well chaired” according to Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor.
Everyone of the 100 or so people present had the opportunity to express their views on the bus routes – 22, 24, 25 and 26 – operated for Metlink by Tranzit.
O’Connor also commented on Twitter that “the Regional Council reps present have no illusions that this needs urgent work”.
As has been the case at other public meetings, strong feelings were expressed, with Wellington City Councillor Diane Calvert noting the views of a bus patron who regularly travels to work from Khandallah to hospital: “We are not cattle, we are people.”
Some of the problems being experienced by Miramar passengers were aired at the Kilbirnie meeting of Sunday 26 August.
Now there is the opportunity to consider the Miramar bus services in more detail at the 7:30pm meeting tonight (6 September) at Gateway Baptist Church, 33 Park Road, Miramar, hosted by Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Daran Ponter and Paul Eagle MP.
Next week, for Hutt Valley passengers, there’s the Let’s Talk Buses public meeting on Tuesday 11 September at the Petone Rugby Football Club in Udy Street from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
On Sunday 23 September, it’s the turn of the southern suburbs, with a meeting at Mornington Golf Club, 80 Stanley Street, Berhampore.