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Response to GWRC Key Questions

posted 5 Jun 2014, 22:21 by CPCA Secretary

CPCA response to Key Questions raised by GWRC at meeting held on Tuesday 6 May 2014 in relation to the Churton Park bus service

  1. Is reliability an important consideration for the proposed route? Why?

Yes. Feedback from the community clearly indicates they see this as an important factor. People need to be on time for appointments etc. Lack of reliability forces people get an earlier bus to ensure they are on time as they cannot risk the bus that should get them to their destination on schedule being late. Similarly, having to transfer at a hub increases the risk of missing engagements.

  1. How should we incorporate the new growth area to the north of Churton Park into the bus service?

Several alternatives present themselves and we would like to discuss these with GWRC in a meeting in June or July. CPCA and residents strongly believe it is time to introduce two services into Churton Park so as to maximise coverage, including the rapidly developing area to the north in Stebbings Valley. Routes chosen must be able to be modified or extended to allow for changing residential patterns and to avoid dead running if developments are slower than forecast. It is acknowledged that adoption of a two-route service may have minor budgetary implications but now is the time to make the necessary investment in Churton Park as part of the stated desire for development of the “northern corridor”.

  1. Is it important to have “there and back” access to the new facilities in the area? I.e. the shopping complex and medical centre.

There is some demand locally for this, and, whilst not large at the moment, it is likely to grow with the development of sections and facilities. We believe access to the Johnsonville shopping area is more important to the majority because of the large range of services available in Johnsonville which is the closest large centre outside the Wellington CBD.

  1. What do you believe is a reasonable time to walk to a bus stop in the peak and in the off peak?

This will vary according to the individual – for example, an averagely fit person may take five minutes to reach their nearest stop, whereas a senior citizen may take twice as long. The overriding principle should be that no-one will be worse off than they are currently, whether for off- or on-peak services.

  1. What is more important to you? – a less direct route = less frequent service or more direct service = more frequent service.

A regular service is important. Frequency no less than present should be the aim. This is a rather unclear question as the two factors of route and frequency are quite separate issues. A viewpoint will be very much driven by an individual’s location so an all-encompassing response is somewhat impractical.

This matter is allied to route selection and CPCA would like this aspect to be included in the discussions per (2) above.

  1. Is a shorter journey time in the peak times important to you?

Travel time is an issue for many peak time users. There needs to be greater clarity around what constitutes “peak time”.

Traffic and bus volumes through the Golden Mile at peak hours should be extended to include Thorndon Quay.

The introduction of evening express services, perhaps departing from Brandon Street, could be a suitable solution to the issue of passengers not being able to board at north Lambton Quay and the Station due to full bus issues. Morning peak express services could bypass the Johnsonville hub and save anything up to ten minutes on the travel time.

7, 8, 9 To/from, frequency of use, Street you live on.

These do not apply at Association level.

10. Contact name and e-mail address.

Churton Park Community Association

c/- Richard Taylor (President)