Innovative bus trial for Rolleston

by Kent Caddick

A new rapid bus service between Rolleston and Christchurch is to be trialled early next year.

Environment Canterbury has decided to trial the service following feedback from the community over the last 18 months, Environment Canterbury’s manager of public transport strategy, planning and marketing Edward Wright said it will be a new style of service.

“It is different to any kind of express service we have done before,” Mr Wright said.

“There has been demand from the Rolleston community for faster transport to the city, and we are now in a position where we are able to trial something new that we hope will meet the community’s demand.”

He said the new service will be designed to complement the existing Yellow Line service rather than duplicate it, and will take the fastest route available on the day, avoiding congestion.

“Rolleston has seen enormous growth in recent years, and the demand for this kind of service is there.

“If successful, it is likely the rapid service concept could be trialled in other locations, such as Rangiora and Lincoln,” Mr Wright said.

The service will consist of three trips in the morning from Rolleston to the city, and three trips in the afternoon from the city to Rolleston.

“Between Rolleston and the city, the bus will take the quickest route available on the day, at the driver’s discretion.

“To ensure a fast journey with minimal delays, the number of pick-up and drop-off points will be limited to three of four locations at each end.”

Environment Canterbury is asking for input from Rolleston residents on stop locations and timing.

“To help us plan the best possible service for Rolleston passengers, we are asking residents to complete a short survey.”

To complete the survey go to: metroinfo.co.nz/promotions/Pages/Rolleston-Survey-2.aspx.