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Ten questions about LGWM’s plans for Wellington transport

by Tim Jones
When Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) finally releases its Recommended Programme of Investment (RPI) for transport in Wellington, a lot of questions are going to be about what gets funded, when, and who by. Read more »

The shocking bus service

The continuing bus problems continue to be the central topic of Wellington conversations. Read more »

Letting us down

Open letter from Michael Lee
Dear Regional Councillors,
You should be ashamed of yourselves for letting down the people of Wellington with this new inferior bus service. Read more »

Legal decisions and the saga of the runway extension

by Dr Sea Rotmann
Legal matters can be confounding to the layperson, to say the least, and the ongoing saga of the New Zealand’s Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) vs the Civil Aviation Authority Director and Wellington Airport (WIAL) has been more confounding than most. Read more »

Why VUW shouldn’t change its name (2) – Hugh Rennie

by Hugh Rennie QC
Victoria University of Wellington has been progressing what it calls its “name simplification” project. That title in fact relates to an intention to give VUW a new and different identity. Such a change has no justification unless it leads to consequential effects which are beneficial. Read more »

Campaigners want ombudsman to investigate bus problems

by Gilly Tompsett
Community group ReVolt Wellington is calling on the government to appoint an ombudsman and hold an inquiry into widespread chaos and disruption on Wellington’s public transport network which it blames on the failure of bus contracts signed by the Regional Council that took effect on July 15. Read more »

The Miramar bus stop that’s no longer a bus stop


by Elizabeth Cox
As part of the recent much-talked-about changes to the bus system in Wellington, one of the buildings left with an existential crisis is the diminutive Miramar Tram/Bus Stop, in the central island of the Miramar shopping centre on Park Road. Read more »

After a chaotic start, issues with the buses remain

by Brent Efford
After a chaotic start, the new pattern of bus services in Wellington and the Hutt Valley is starting to settle down – although incomplete hubs, driver discontent with the Tranzit company’s rosters in the Hutt Valley, and the real issue that the new ‘hub and spoke’ pattern makes things worse for passengers and does not produce faster transit along the spine, remain. Read more »

The facts about the new bus timetables and routes

By Mike Flinn
Now that I have been able to find nearly all the new printed timetables, I can look at the suitability of the new Wellington bus routes and timetables to provide a good service for passengers, rather than dwell on the initial teething problems with the introduction of the new contracts.
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What they’re saying about the buses

Allegations and counter-allegations. There’s been tough talking from both sides, and an apology too, as Wellington’s bus dispute continues. Read more »

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