Bus hub will bring benefits in the long run: ORC

Orange barriers cover the bus hub work site in Great King St this week. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
Orange barriers cover the bus hub work site in Great King St this week. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
While some Dunedin businesses are unhappy about bus hub work, the regional council says they will benefit long term.

Fulton Hogan contractors are chipping away at the hub in Great King St between Moray Pl and St Andrew St.

Otago Regional Council support services manager Gerard Collings said overall it was happy with progress, but some businesses on the street would like to see workers gone ''sooner rather than later''.

''We don't want to underestimate the impact on the businesses. It would be nice to say work could go on 24-7, but it's just not a reality.''

Long term, businesses in the area would benefit from the increased foot traffic of the hub, he said.

Mistakes from the design consultant meant curbing work needed to be redone as it was too low in the plans.

There would be no cost to the council or contractor from this, Mr Collings said.

So far there was no request for an extension and the council was still working towards a November completion date, he said.

''The contractors have had to work around a couple of things, but they have been pretty proactive.''

A lump of concrete under the road at the St Andrew St end was still unidentified, but work there was able to continue, he said.

The council was ''disappointed'' with the mess contractors left in that area, which led to a woman in a wheelchair becoming stranded on the road.

Fulton Hogan responded well to criticism and had been cleaning up after work since, he said.

The hub will include 10 bus bays, electronic timetables, public toilets, bike stands and plantings.




Both the DCC and ORC just do not get it. Most people do not want buses. Car ownership has 2-3x in the last 30 years, yet we are running nearly the same number of buses with the same population.

Further, most buses outside peak hours have less than a handful of paying customers. Why are they running near empty, large buses chewing up the roads, where minivans or no bus service would more than suffice?

All this expenditure will not increase bus patronage, so why do it?

In my opinion the reason people use buses less than cars is because the bus fares are so expensive. I remember taking the bus years ago and it wasn't that cheap back then.

Lower the cost, maybe get more people.

People will use buses if you knock the price down. $2 fares or free would fill those seats. This idea was passed onto Queenstown where ORC combined with local council and it worked. With higher petrol and parking costs plus reduced parking people will do what the rest of the world have done for years- use public transport. If they were smaller electric buses also Dunedin would be a cleaner low carbon city. Those thousands of cruisers Dunedin welcomes each summer will love it too.