Hundreds get on board Selwyn Link

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More than 500 people made use of the free Selwyn Link bus trial over two days during the April school holidays.

The nine-stop bus service was offered to the community by the Selwyn Youth Council, with buses travelling from Southbridge to Darfield and Darfield to Southbridge, via Rolleston.

The bus service was designed with the aim of reducing isolation in the community and providing better access to services and activities.

Selwyn Youth Council chair, Paige Sullivan, said the service was well-received by the community.

“We were excited by how well Selwyn Link was supported by the community over the two days — everyone was super positive,” Ms Sullivan said.

“It was great to see all age groups taking advantage of the service, with kids off to spend their pocket money in Rolleston, young people heading into Christchurch and the elderly enjoying a day trip getting out and about across the district.

“The Youth Council are now looking forward to presenting our findings and helping to shine a light on the lack of public transport in Selwyn,” she said.

A total of 557 passengers rode the buses on Tuesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 19, with 281 on the first day and 276 on the second. Of these, 337 passengers were aged under 18, and 123 aged 65 years or older.

The route was designed after the youth council consulted with students from Ellesmere College and Darfield High School about what they would like in a bus service in terms of timings and stop locations.

Members of the youth council collected feedback about the service on board the buses with a short passenger survey and will present their findings to the Selwyn District Council and Environment Canterbury.