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No 1 Bus issues

July 22 2019

I would like to know why the number 1 bus can’t go down to Sunshine Bay on every journey, which only takes an extra 2 minutes of the bus drivers time?
Don’t you want to reduce the amount of traffic and pollution in Queenstown?
It will encourage more people to use the bus if they know they don’t have to walk to the top of the hill or walk 15 minutes down the hill which is incredibly dangerous when it’s icy. I’ve fallen over a few times when it’s been icy and pitch black.
I’ve seen the bus plenty of times driving pass my house in Sunshine Bay when the bus is empty so what’s the difference if it has passengers on? I was told it only goes there 8-9am and 5-6pm to drop people off for work and finishing work.

I don’t understand that becuase Queenstown isn’t a city when the majority of jobs are 9-5.
You have a lot of hospitality jobs, when people work all hours of the day and I am one of them and can be finishing after midnight when the busses don’t even run at that time.
So please, think of the planet, incouraging more people to use the bus and think about our safety as well and expecially the elderly. It’s winter and forecast to get colder, so please don’t let us walk down a steep hill covered in frost and black ice for the sake of only a 5 minute drive extra.

Slipp’in on Icy Roads

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  • Daniel

    I'm sure the people in the house next to the bus stop at the top of Fernhill Rd who were in a Scene story a year or two ago would love this idea too. Those poor people have buses idling their engines outside their bedroom windows 18 hours a day, 364 days a year. A bylaw states buses cant idle engines longer than 5 minutes at a time but the bus drivers say they need to keep the engines going so the buses stay warm. As soon as one bus leave there is another one in the queue right behind them too so effectively the engine noise is constant. If the buses just carried on to Sunshine Bay on every trip they wouldn't need to do a U-turn at the top of Fernhill Rd and wait outside someones house.

    Posted 22/07/2019 4:35pm (5 months ago)

  • Your Name Here

    It’s been a while so I can’t tell for sure but are there any bus stops on Glenda Drive?
    Heaps of stores, shops and offices plus cafes to serve those people and as far as I can tell bused don’t come even close to Glenda Drive.
    Does that make any sense to anyone..?

    Posted 23/07/2019 6:51am (5 months ago)

  • Jo

    Jumping on this band wagon, I'd like to add, why does the no. 2 bus from Arrowtown to Arthurs Point not go both ways. It would make so much sense to have two buses traveling in opposing directions, particularly at the time of day that Frankton and Frankton Road are most congested. I would absolutely take the bus to work in Queenstown, from Arrowtown, but as it goes through Frankton it takes such a long time I would either have to get to work an hour before necessary or be rather late, so I drive. If the bus went through Arthurs point, no traffic, no problem, and I can't be the only one that thinks so.

    Posted 24/07/2019 9:50am (5 months ago)