Click here for our submission (it's a PDF file) sent in on the 23rd of March, 2012.
We held a meeting on 23rd February, 2012. There were about 100 people present. The meeting was addressed by Regional Councillor Daran Ponter who discussed the implications of the review and the implications for Wilton. The proposals included
Route 14 - the Gloucester Street loop is removed;
Route 22 & 23 - replaced by route 17 which goes between the Lambton Quay bus terminal and Crofton Downs via the University and Mairangi Road. Transfers to/from cross town buses would be regarded as part of the same journey if you are using Snapper. No special peak services.
Route 13 - is deleted
Route 47 - becomes a peak only service, but runs the whole year rather just during the university year
The very late weekend services are cancelled
The May 2013 situation is summarised in this pdf file from a presentation given to local residents.
The situation is much improved over the original proposal but still fluid and still needs to be monitored.
Lots of thanks to councillors Daran Ponter and Paul Bruce for organising the original meetings (with our help in Wilton) and keeping us in the loop.
The regional council now has a description of the current and possibly final proposal on their website. See http://www.gw.govt.nz/wilton for the proposals for Wilton. They are due to be implemented in 2018.
New bus route (O) will serve Wilton with similar levels of service to now and some adjustments to specific bus times and bus size where required to ensure capacity is matched with demand. Some morning bus trips departing Wadestown have lower usage and will be replaced with additional trips starting from Wilton to better match capacity with demand. Sunday evening buses will run hourly rather than half hourly to reflect the level of usage.
Proposed changes to service levels are as follows:
At the Roseneath end the route will end at Hataitai Village to reduce duplication and overlap of bus services between Hataitai and Kilbirnie. Frequent free connections will be available in Wellington for passengers from Wilton wishing to travel to Kilbirnie as well as other destinations.
New route (M) replaces the current routes 22 and 23 combined with the route 47 to provide a direct service with selected trips connecting to Crofton Downs, Ngaio, Khandallah and Johnsonville on weekdays (Mx). At the city end the new route (M) will end at Wellington Station to reduce duplication and congestion on the Golden Mile and provide more reliable departures as buses wont be delayed travelling from Houghton Bay and Southgate as happens now.
Commuter services via Glenmore street (M1) will continue to be provided similar to the current route 13 with possible additional earlier and later trips to be considered in the afternoon peak.
Higher capacity buses may be used on these routes as required to meet demand.
Proposed service levels are as follows:
If you want to contact Regional or Local Councillors to make suggestions or comments - here are the addresses. You can find Regional Councillor details here for the whole Council and here for those assigned to the Wellington Region. The email addresses for our Ward Councillors are at Andy Foster, Diane Calvert and Simon Woolf.