New bus service to benefit Shirley residents
2 September 2003
Doing the weekly grocery shop should be a whole lot easier for many Shirley
residents from next Wednesday 10 September.
A new bus service – ‘The Shirley Shopper’- will make
its first trip at 9.30am next Wednesday, travelling a circuit of Shirley
streets and taking residents to The Palms shopping centre.
The service will operate on Wednesdays and Fridays, leaving from
The Palms outside the Shirley Library/Service Centre, every
hour on the half hour from 9.30am until the last trip at 2.30pm. It
will be free for
the first week and after that will cost $1 for adults and 50
cents for children one way.
Passengers will be able to ‘hail and ride’ the bus as well
as catch it at bus stops.
Shirley/Papanui Community Board, The Palms and Red Bus have worked together
to offer the new service and help Shirley residents gain easier access to
shopping, community facilities and other services.
Community Board member, Councillor Ingrid Stonhill said the area to be
served by the bus was chosen in response to requests from the community.
The potential benefits of this type of bus service were also identified
in a ‘Community Needs Analysis of the Shirley Area’ commissioned
by the Shirley/Papanui Community Board.
The area that we have selected has a low ratio of motor vehicles
per family, with a high proportion of the community being young parents
and retired people,” Cr Stonhill said. “Until now many people
have had to rely on friends or paid for taxis to take them to the shops
but this service will offer them far more freedom of choice.”
Red Bus chief executive Greg Campbell said Red Bus was pleased
to be working in partnership with the Community Board and The
team is really looking forward to meeting local residents on this new
‘The Shirley Shopper’ will run for a three month trial period. “For
it to last, we really need people to support it,” Cr Stonhill says.
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