Changes to bus timetables could throw commuters in Wellington

Changes to bus timetables could throw commuters in Wellington

Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Tranzit expects some confusion for commuters when it begins operating the Hutt Valley bus routes on Sunday.

The Wairarapa bus company won the contract to take over 60 per cent of Wellington’s bus routes from NZ Bus in May last year.

Commuters can expect minor changes to bus timetables and the introduction of Saturday services for selected routes over the coming weeks.

Tranzit managing director Paul Snelgrove said contingencies were in place to manage any confusion amongst commuters.

“The regional council are going to have ambassadors at all the bus stops for the first two weeks and travelling around and notifying people of changes and anyone who is confused.

“There will be confusion with some customers on the first week. Whenever there’s a change there’s always someone who’s disadvantaged and there’s someone who has an advantage.”

Snelgrove said there would be many advantages to commuters who used the bus services in the Hutt Valley.

“Firstly, [there will be] brand new, state-of-the-art Euro 6 buses – that’s a huge plus. Every vehicle is fully air-conditioned, heating and cooling – that’s another huge advantage.”

Snelgrove said the new, lime-green buses featured low-emission diesel engines.

“Obviously with the less emissions standards there’s going to be less pollution in the air in Wellington for sure.”

Greater Wellington Regional Council spokesperson Peter Thornbury said  Sunday would be the first phase of changes taking place in the Hutt Valley.

“What we’re doing is we’re slightly changing the bus timetables now so that they will mesh with the timetable changes that happen on the trains in July and those are mainly off-peak.”

“So what you might find is that they’re are a bit clunky for now, but they’ll improve in July when the changes happen.”

New buses, timetables and bus routes will be rolled out in Wellington from July 15.

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