Community, Council · 11 Apr 2021

New Bus Routes on the Cards

Aimee Wilson

Aimee Wilson

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The new draft Southland Regional Public Transport Plan being released this week will see options to reduce emissions and new bus routes around the city.

The number of bus runs could increase from four to six new ‘pulse routes’ that all connect to the city centre.

The public has until Monday April 12 to provide input into the plan from Environment Southland, which sets the future direction of public transport in Invercargill and the wider region.

Although transport is a regional council responsibility, the public transport services in Southland are currently delivered under contract by the Invercargill City Council.

City bus map.

Lead transport planner Russell Hawkes says Environment Southland and the Invercargill City Council are jointly consulting to look at the wider public transport system across the Southland region.

“Southland’s existing public transport services are largely servicing the urban population of Invercargill. One of the questions this plan asks is whether all our communities are sufficiently serviced, or whether there’s a need to consider options in the future to provide better connections for the entire region.”

Invercargill City Council roading manager Russell Pearson said the network changes will provide better coverage, and result in on-bus trip times under 15 minutes to and from the central city.

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“The changes are in response to customer feedback that loops took too long, were not direct enough, and that timetables did not get passengers into town at the right time, particularly in the mornings.”

What’s On Invers founder Mike Sanford said we have been poking fun at the state of ICC bus shelter for the last few years, as some of them are in poor state of repair. 

“This a great opportunity for the public to give constructive feedback on our future bus network needs.”

Feedback is also sought on whether the Total Mobility scheme is sufficient, and the environmental impacts of public transport.

Copies of the draft public transport plan and a submission form are available from the Invercargill City Council and Environment Southland offices, or online at haveyoursay.es.govt.nz