Wellington Scoop

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 »

Where’s the chainsaw?

by Neil Douglas
The pace of Henry and Harriet may be slowing but it’s still quicker than our city council and the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) move at! Read more »

Why Victoria University should not change its name – Hugh Rennie

by Hugh Rennie QC
Although it now appears that what the Vice Chancellor has called “name simplification” for Victoria University has been under consideration for many months, this first came to my attention on return from overseas at the end of May in a very brief reference in an alumni email to one of my family. Enquiry showed very few alumni known to me had heard of the proposal and I found very little support for the idea. Read more »

Learning about super cycleways from Birmingham


by Glen Smith
The picture above comes from proposals in Birmingham where ‘six cycle lane schemes have been scrapped in favour of two segregated superhighways.’ A local councillor explained that “this is a real change in direction. We had individuals and groups telling us we are not delivering the right infrastructure which makes people feel safe using it. And we will get better results by providing high-quality, high-capacity cycle routes.” Read more »

Will there be enough bus drivers?

A month ago, TransUrban (also known as Tranzit) said they were still forty drivers short for their new bus service. Then two days ago, the situation seemed to have got worse. Read more »

Rates, and buses: fake news?

Fake news in Wellington? Some readers have been pointing out discrepancies. Read more »