Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


New bus route connecting Halswell to the hospital

November 4, 2009


New bus route connecting Halswell to the hospital

Improvements to Environment Canterbury’s Christchurch Metro services came into effect on Monday, November 2 with the Number 7 bus from Halswell to the city now stopping at Christchurch Public Hospital.

To mark the first day of the new timetables, Environment Canterbury councillors for Christchurch South Sir Kerry Burke and Professor Bob Kirk wanted to be among the first passengers to make the journey.

“On the face of it, this might seem like a small change, but it’s been a long journey to get this far,” says Sir Kerry.

“Good things do indeed come to those who wait, but the Halswell community has most certainly not sat back and waited. They have made their views clear from the start and have worked with us to make this important connection,” he says.

“A local resident, Joyce Fleming began her campaign some time ago, but missed out at the time because service reviews only happen every five years. It may well have been her efforts that made all the difference,” says Sir Kerry.

Councillor Kirk says that when a community pulls together like this, it is time to listen and make changes and that’s just what Environment Canterbury has done.

“Not just on this route but with improvements to our Metro service right across Greater Christchurch. It would be great to meet Joyce on the bus someday and to ask her how she feels now that her hard work has come to fruition,” says Cr Kirk.

“Halswell and Addington people who work at or near the hospital and students at Hagley Community College or Otago University School of Medicine now have the option of leaving their cars at home. People who can’t drive - often seniors who may need frequent access to the hospital can also get there easily and affordably.”

For new routes and timetables, go to www.metroinfo.co.nz or call 366 88 55.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Herd Immunity Isn’t A Valid Option, And What’s With Our Reluctance To Wear Masks?

Herd immunity has recently bounced back into the headlines as a tool for managing Covid-19, and as a supposed alternative to lockdowns. In the US, a group of scientists was recently brought together in the town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts by a think tank funded by the Koch brothers. The assembled scientists signed the so called Barrington Declaration, which promotes herd immunity as a rational means of re-opening US public schools and the economy at large... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On National Being Shafted By Its Own Creation

As it licks its wounds, let’s hope the National Party can still find time to look back with some pride at what it has achieved in Epsom. The Act Party’s nationwide success on Saturday night has been a tribute to National’s foresight, and to its ... More>>


Green Party: 'Fruitful Discussions ... Further Discussions To Have'

The Green Party says there is a negotiation going on with the Labour Party, but there are more discussions to be had. More>>


Border: No Changes To Border Exemptions After Fishing Crew Test Covid-19 Positive

The cases were detected after routine day three testing but the immigration minister and air commodore agree there's no need to change border exemptions. More>>

PSA: Labour-Led Government Has Mandate For Transformation, Equality And Transparency

The Public Service Association welcomes the progressive electoral landslide New Zealand voters delivered on Saturday, and the union says its members look forward to implementing policies that reduce poverty and inequality, support affordable housing ... More>>


Stats NZ: New Report Shows Significant Changes To New Zealand’s Climate

Climate change is already happening in New Zealand and could have a profound impact on future generations of New Zealanders, a new report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ says. Our atmosphere and climate 2020 , released today, includes analysis ... More>>


Judith Collins: Obese People Must Take Responsibility For 'personal Choices'

National Party leader Judith Collins has described obesity as a weakness and says people should not 'blame systems for personal choices'. More>>

Māori Party: Poll Reveals Tamihere On Cusp Of Historic Māori Movement Election Victory

John Tamihere’s election campaign is on the rise and on track to return the Māori Party to parliament, a new Māori TV poll has revealed. The poll released on 11 October during the seventh and final Māori TV Maori Electoral campaign coverage has Tamihere ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Four-Year Terms Of Parliament, And On How The US Courts Are Dismantling Democracy

Last week, the issue of four-year parliamentary terms surfaced again. Infuriatingly, it is being discussed purely in terms of its convenience for political parties. They’d get so much more time to enact their policies, free of scrutiny or sanction by voters ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels