Central Leader : April 15th 2011
www.centralleader.co.nz Friday, April 15, 2011 Concerns over bus cuts Bus business: Eden Village retirement home residents Rosemary Pennman, left, and Marjorie Marshall are worried their regular bus won't service their area if the proposed changes go ahead. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By KELSEY FLETCHER ' I'm just trying to make a stand for everyone here who will lose out. This is not the sort of thing we want at our time of life. ' Marjorie Marshall Pensioner PENSIONER Marjorie Marshall is worried she won't be able to afford her groceries after hear- ing about proposed changes to her usual bus route. The Landscape Rd resident was concerned when word went round her Eden Village retire- ment village that the suggested new route for the 011 bus, which regu- larly takes neighbours to Onehunga for their shop- ping, was being cut off at Three Kings. We all live on pensions here and like to go there for cheaper shopping. The new route will only take us as far as Three Kings. We feel it's unjust, they are cut- ting our life lines off,'' she says. The proposed route includes Selwyn Village in Pt Chevalier and only goes as far as Three Kings, shortening the original route to One- hunga. Submissions for the public to voice opinions close today but Ms Marshall says it would have been too difficult for many elderly immigrants in the vil- lage. They've given us until today to make a sub- mission but some of the residents speak very little English so you can't look to them for support and most of us don't use the internet, so what can we do?'' she says. Ms Marshall says she will make a submission with the help of her son who has access to a com- puter. I'm just trying to make a stand for every- one here who will lose out. This is not the sort of thing we want at our time of life,'' she says. Fellow Eden Village resident Rosemary Penn- man is also upset the service may be moved and says she may have to start using a taxi. It's going to take away our quality of life. We're so dependent upon it,'' she says. Auckland Transport public transport operations manager Mark Lambert says more work has been done to look at how people from the area use buses. The work has shown that some people are using it to do shopping in Royal Oak and One- hunga, rather than just Three Kings. Although the consul- tation period is continu- ing and all feedback needs to be considered before making any final decisions, we are seriously considering keeping the 011 as it cur- rently operates between St Lukes and One- hunga,'' he says. The purpose of the feedback period is for people living and using buses in these areas to tell us what works and what doesn't about the proposed new routes,'' he says. It is also to identify what journeys people make on buses that can't be easily identified from patronage statistics.'' Mr Lambert says the original reason for pro- posing changes to the 011 was to allow for the addition of a shoppers service on the route for residents at Selwyn Vil- lage in Pt Chevalier. We would encourage people to give formal feedback so it can be used when making a final decision,'' Mr Lam- bert says. Auckland Transport expects to introduce the new city and inner suburbs buses in July or August.
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