Free bus service trial

by Anonymous Author

A free bus service around Selwyn is being trialled over two days during the school holidays.

Selwyn Link is an initiative of the Selwyn Youth Council and for two days, buses will travel to and from Southbridge and Darfield via Rolleston. 

Selwyn Youth Council chair, Paige Sullivan, said the aim of the service is to increase connectedness in the district, particularly during school holidays, and enable the whole community to better access services and activities. 

“The youth council is very excited to finally be able to offer this service, after 12 months of hard work putting Selwyn Link together,” Ms Sullivan said. 

“It all started after identifying a need, and then working alongside the youth of Selwyn to find a way to better connect the whole community.” 

She said youth council research identified Southbridge, Leeston, Doyleston, Darfield, Kirwee, and West Melton as key stops on the trial route, with connections in Rolleston. 

“The route was designed after consultation with students from Ellesmere College and Darfield High School.” 

During the trial, passengers will be able to travel for free between Southbridge and Darfield via Rolleston, where they can also catch a connecting service to Christchurch. 

“The two-day trial is for all members of the community, and is not exclusive to students on their school holiday.” The bus trial will take place on Tuesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 19. The buses first depart Southbridge and Darfield at 9am and departures from these locations will take place every two hours until 7pm. 

Members of the youth council will be on board collecting feedback on the service with a short passenger survey, and will present their findings to the Selwyn District Council and Environment Canterbury, which provides bus services to the district. 

For more information on Selwyn Link, go to selwyn.govt.nz or the Selwyn Youth Council Facebook page. 

Bus stop locations: Southbridge: bus shelter next to Southbridge Cafe and Dairy, High Street; Leeston: bus shelter in front of St John Church, High Street; Doyleston: in front of Doyleston War Memorial Garden, Leeston Road; Aquatic Centre: Rolleston College bus stop, Broadlands Drive; Rolleston Square: bus stops by Countdown supermarket, Rolleston Drive; Kidman Street: Kidman Street bus stops near McDonalds; West Melton: in front of West Melton School, Weedons Ross Road; Kirwee: next to Kirwee Challenge, West Coast Road; Darfield: bus shelter in front of Farmlands, South Terrace.