New noisy buses disrupting sleep in Brooklyn
May 7, 2019
Loud ‘jet engine’ noises of the new buses at the Brooklyn hub are causing people to lose sleep.
Ever since the new buses and bus hub were introduced last year, residents had noticed an increase in noise.
Maddy Jobson, 13, who lives across the road from it, said the noises had woken her up at least once every night since the hub was built.
She described it as a “really loud screeching noise.” The engines would start to heat up late at night at around 10-11pm and early in the morning, around 5am.
Jobson said the area had become noisier because of an increase in the number of buses around. “It’s been a bit crazy,” she said. “Sometimes there’s six [buses] at a time.”
The buses would often honk at each other, particularly when one bus was stuck in the middle of another and needed to get out.
Jobson has lived across from the Brooklyn library for six years. There used to be one bus stop there and she said it never used to be that loud.
Greater Brooklyn Residents Association executive Chris Wills said the noise was likely to be the engine cooling fan. She described the noise as a “jet engine taking off. It’s not for long. It’s a matter of seconds. But it’s a horrific noise.”
She didn’t think it was only one bus that was the issue as the noises occurred too often. Some residents who lived 100m away could clearly hear it and had been woken up.
Wills said there were too many buses in Brooklyn. She was on a bus turning right at an intersection while another bus had been going straight and they would have hit each other. “Brooklyn was never big enough to accommodate all these buses.”
She said there needed to be consideration of the impact the noises have had on businesses, bus users and Brooklyn residents. The Association’s next step was to start a bus user survey to give to the Wellington City Council to show it what isn’t working for bus users.
Tramways Union secretary Kevin O’Sullivan said all the new buses were purchased by Transurban, which may have been bought cheaply overseas. “These buses are falling apart already.”
Transport strategy and operations city councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman said he hoped there would soon be a transition to electric buses which would be much quieter.