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Bishop launches campaign to save commuter buses

Bishop launches campaign to save commuter buses

Hutt South MP Chris Bishop has today launched a petition to save vital Hutt commuter direct bus services into Wellington.

“It’s not just the Airport Flyer at risk at the moment. One of the other consequences of the public transport shake-up is the ending of direct commuter buses from Wainuiomata, Upper Hutt and Stokes Valley to and from Wellington. These are vital services that are popular with the travelling public.”

“These services are operated commercially by NZ Bus at the moment, but NZ Bus has signalled they will cease running them once the new operator of the bulk of the bus contracts (Tranzit) takes over in mid-June”

“My petition calls on the Regional Council, NZ Bus and Tranzit to find a solution to keep these services running.

“Alongside Mayor Wallace, Councillor Campbell Barry and list MP Ginny Andersen, I met with the Regional Council this morning to discuss this important matter. We will be meeting NZ Bus and Tranzit in coming days.

‘It’s really important we retain these services. Many commuters who jump on these services now will revert to cars if they’re cancelled, further contesting our roads.

“Hutt residents who want to see these services retained should sign my petition so the two transport companies and Regional Council can see just how popular they are.”

The petition is found at https://chrisbishop.national.org.nz/huttbuses

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