Still missing the bus

LETTER

After several letters to the editor over two or three years about the foolishness, inconvenience and waste of ratepayers’ money by sending two buses at the same time every two hours to the hospital, they have eventually changed to make it an hourly service. But, would you believe it, they did so by changing Elgin’s hourly service to two buses at the same time every two hours.

So if we miss the bus by the skin of our teeth, we have to wait two hours in the draughty streets — and to us 70 and 80 year olds it’s no joke.

So for the final time, as I’m tired of banging my head against a brick wall, I will explain how to run the bus service so we all have an hourly service, with the exception of Kaiti who have always had a two-hourly service, apparently without complaint.

We have four runs.

1. Kaiti run.

2. Hospital run which goes up Ormond Road to the hospital and returns to town down Aberdeen Road to Roebuck Road bridge.

3. Elgin run that goes up Childers Road, Centennial Crescent, Andrew Street, Chalmers Road, Gladstone Road, Lytton Road, back to Elgin then Childers Road to town.

4. Elgin and hospital that goes Childers Road to Elgin, Lytton Road to hospital and back to town down Ormond Road.

Well, the answer is to run No. 1 Kaiti and 4 Elgin, hospital at the same time, and No. 2 hospital and back and 3. Elgin and back an hour later. This gives Whataupoko, Mangapapa, the hospital, Elgin and Te Hapara an hourly service.

So let’s hope our council CEO, the Mayor or one of our councillors makes the effort to ensure common sense prevails, as they all must have an elderly relation or friend who can no longer drive and relies solely on the bus for their outings.

Graham Gibson

After several letters to the editor over two or three years about the foolishness, inconvenience and waste of ratepayers’ money by sending two buses at the same time every two hours to the hospital, they have eventually changed to make it an hourly service. But, would you believe it, they did so by changing Elgin’s hourly service to two buses at the same time every two hours.

So if we miss the bus by the skin of our teeth, we have to wait two hours in the draughty streets — and to us 70 and 80 year olds it’s no joke.

So for the final time, as I’m tired of banging my head against a brick wall, I will explain how to run the bus service so we all have an hourly service, with the exception of Kaiti who have always had a two-hourly service, apparently without complaint.

We have four runs.

1. Kaiti run.

2. Hospital run which goes up Ormond Road to the hospital and returns to town down Aberdeen Road to Roebuck Road bridge.

3. Elgin run that goes up Childers Road, Centennial Crescent, Andrew Street, Chalmers Road, Gladstone Road, Lytton Road, back to Elgin then Childers Road to town.

4. Elgin and hospital that goes Childers Road to Elgin, Lytton Road to hospital and back to town down Ormond Road.

Well, the answer is to run No. 1 Kaiti and 4 Elgin, hospital at the same time, and No. 2 hospital and back and 3. Elgin and back an hour later. This gives Whataupoko, Mangapapa, the hospital, Elgin and Te Hapara an hourly service.

So let’s hope our council CEO, the Mayor or one of our councillors makes the effort to ensure common sense prevails, as they all must have an elderly relation or friend who can no longer drive and relies solely on the bus for their outings.

Graham Gibson

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Lloyd Gretton, China - 9 days ago
No it is not a joke. But I am afraid no one, unless directly affected, is going to take any notice. In China, the officials responsible for this would be lucky to escape without public disgrace. In China, there is always a suitable bus with delay about ten minutes.

John Fricker - 9 days ago
Now there lies a tale Mr Gibson. The daft buggers want you to bang your head against the wall then you will quickly cease to be a thorn in their side.
It's amazing what a university education will do for you!!

Lloyd Gretton, China - 8 days ago
People in New Zealand without instant access to a motor vehicle, are New Zealand's "left behind". They live, at least some of the time, nasty brutish lives. They cannot have normal social relations as all life in NZ revolves around motor vehicles. If they make a mild complaint, they are ignored or held up to ridicule for whinging. Take his motor vehicle away from an old guy, and he is normally dead or comatose within months. This might happen to Mr Fricker too one day.

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