Oakura Bus Service Needs You

Published September 20, 2013

I met with Chris Clarke from the Taranaki Regional Council recently to discuss the bus service that operates to and from Oakura daily.The low patronage figures aren’t very encouraging and without a pickup in usage then the service could very well be lost to the village.

Chris, the bus driver, a local Oakura resident tells me there are a core group of people who use the bus but he would like to see more gold card users on-board.

Some of the regular users would be lost without the service.  Other locals use the service to commute to work every day – a great option.  He goes on to say that passengers often have a great time socially – they have a good catch up on the way into town!

The TRC wants feedback from the community and would appreciate you taking the time to fill out a two page questionnaire (can be found online at taranakibus.info) or grab a form from the bus driver.

Get onto it quick as they need to be in by 4th October.

Chris Clarke tells me patronage has crept up a little since the service started in 2010 but ideally needs to be higher.

The service is very people friendly with Chris the driver willing to deviate off his designated route to accommodate people’s needs (hospital), you can catch the bus anywhere along Surf Highway 45 if you thumb down the driver so the service isn’t limited to Oakura residents.

Make an outing of it – take your friends and have a couple of hours in town and make it a regular monthly or weekly event.