A petition about the Corstorphine bus service has
attracted 362 signatures and is being considered by the Otago
Corstorphine resident Judith Hewitt spent weeks collecting
signatures for the petition, which sought reinstatement of
the former service.
The existing Corstorphine-Kew-St Clair Park service has been
in operation since July 1 last year.
Users have complained about delays and disruptions caused by
unnecessary diversions on the route, its complex and
confusing timetable, and irregular departure times.
Kew resident Lynley Hood, who helped draft the petition, said
to attend a 9am meeting in central Dunedin she had to catch a
bus which left St Clair Park at 6.50am.
Dr Hood obtained patronage data from the council in relation
to the route for the months before and after it was
implemented, as well as the number of complaints received by
the council in relation to the route during that time.
There was a 30% decline in patronage and a ''130% increase''
in complaints, she said.
The petition called for the council to acknowledge decreased
patronage and discontent with the Corstorphine service, and
to reinstate the previous service until routes and timetables
which best suited residents were developed.
Council policy planning and resource management director
Fraser McRae said the council was reviewing the petition, and
other submissions about bus services, before seeking tenders
for bus contracts to replace those expiring on July 1.