Corstophine bus users are happy but those on Otago Peninsula
are puzzled by the Otago Regional Council's latest decision
on public bus routes.
Bus route changes to Corstorphine, Harbourside and some city
services, which could have increased the distance travelled
by public buses by 114,000km a year and add an extra 8.64% to
the targeted rate bill of Dunedin residents in this coming
year's annual plan, were considered by the council's finance
Before the discussion, Corstorphine bus user Judith Hewitt
and lobby group Bus Go Dunedin spokesman Peter Dowden spoke
in the public forum asking the council to change the
Corstorphine route back to its pre-2013 route.
Councillors decided on a cheaper option - returning the
Corstorphine service to its pre-2013 route, increasing
services for the Waverley and Garden Village services and
changes to the Roslyn route - raising the targeted transport
rate by 0.84%.
Cr Bryan Scott said the option which included changes to the
Harbourside routes as well as those in the city would have
cost about $1 million and was too expensive.
The cheaper option was ''prudent as well as diligent'',
although it would mean a 12 month delay in service changes
for Harbourside users, he said.
Otago Peninsula Community Board chairwoman Christine Garey
said the board was very disappointed and puzzled by the
decision, given the positive consultation process which had
indicated the council would be presented with a different
recommendation to approve.
''What was the point of the consultation? We knew there were
no guarantees but this is an entirely different report,'' she
told the committee.
However, Corstorphine bus users were happy to hear the
council was returning to its pre-2013 bus route for the area.
Kew resident Lynley Hood, who helped organise a petition to
the regional council asking for the change, said it was good
the council was listening to users' concerns but she would
wait to see the timetable before being convinced.
The users still wanted to see the service ending in Frederick
St or somewhere closer to Dunedin Hospital, the George St
shops and the supermarkets rather than the Octagon, she said.
Video courtesy of Dunedin Television