Proposed trial of commuter services for Selwyn

The trial of two new bus services for the Selwyn district is being proposed.

Environment Canterbury and Selwyn District Council are asking for feedback on two proposed trial bus services; one between Leeston and Christchurch, and the other between Darfield and Christchurch.

Environment Canterbury senior manager public transport Stewart Gibbon said they need to know if the community agrees there is a need for a daily commuter service.

“As part of its Long-Term Plan, Selwyn District Council has committed to funding one return bus service daily during the working week, on a trial basis, as long as the community agrees there is a need for such a service and is prepared to support it,” said Gibbon.

“We are asking for input from the community if they would use such a service, as well as the times and pick up/drop off locations for the trial services that would best meet their needs,” he said.

Selwyn District Council asset manager transportation Andrew Mazey said, “We understand these are growing communities and there is a need for improved connectivity to Christchurch for those living in Darfield and Leeston that doesn’t just rely on using private motor vehicles.

These routes will provide a number of people an alternative way to connect to Christchurch for a range of purposes like education, health services and employment.”

It is proposed that the Leeston service would go to central Christchurch via Doyleston, Irwell and Springston. The Darfield service would go via Kirwee and West Melton to the city. The trial services are intended to start from January 2019 for a six-month trial period.

Brochures with feedback forms will be delivered to residents this week and will also be available at both the Leeston and Darfield libraries and service centres. The survey is now closed.