A new commuter bus service from Oxford to Christchurch is being considered by Red Bus to help ease traffic congestion on Christchurch’s Northern Motorway.
The company’s Chief Executive, Paul McNoe says Red Bus are looking at establish a regular morning and evening service from Oxford, via Cust and Swannanoa, to the city and are keen to hear from the community on what would best suit their needs.
Red Bus has a survey on their website – www.redbus.co.nz - and is encouraging locals to go online register their interest and complete the survey.
“This feedback will be important for us to consider both a route and timetable for this new service.
Paul McNoe says Red Bus was considering the service as one of the measures to help improve traffic flow on the northern motorway during peak morning and afternoon travel times, reducing delays and driver frustration.
“We want to know if people would use the service, how many times a week they may consider using it and to provide some details on what would be the best route.
“We are also asking the times they would need to be in the Central City and the best time to leave again.”
Red Bus is looking to operate the service without any form of subsidy. The AA calculator estimates it to cost $70 to $85 a day to drive to and from Christchurch, including insurance, registration, depreciation and wear and tear. “At this stage we are hoping to provide the service for $20 to $24 return or less if there are good numbers of passengers.
“We need to know if people are happy to pay this amount before we can commit to operating such a service.”
Paul McNoe says it is hoped with good feedback by mid-August a decision can be made on whether the service can be viable.
NZ Transport Agency’s Southern Regional Director Jim Harland says he applauds the Red Bus initiative to look at introducing a new commuter bus service from Oxford to Christchurch.
“This is just the type of innovation we are looking for help reduce traffic volumes on the Northern Motorway during peak travel times.
“I encourage others to follow Red Bus’s lead and think about how they can find new ways to get commuters to their destination, helping to improve traffic flows, reduce delays and driver frustration.”
For further information, contact Paul McNoe, Red Bus, Chief Executive, Ph 027 474 7705