Christchurch bus users were told to expect cancellations as regular bus services return to parts of the South

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Christchurch bus users were told to expect cancellations as regular bus services return to parts of the South


Not all Christchurch Underground lines have had their timetables shortened, but an unexpected shortage of drivers has resulted in cancellations.

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Not all Christchurch Underground lines have had their timetables shortened, but an unexpected shortage of drivers has resulted in cancellations.

Otago public transport users have some clarity about future services, but Canterbury users are less fortunate.

Over the next six months, Otago’s two largest cities will have consistent bus routes. Meanwhile, Christchurch users have been told to expect unexpected cancellations.

Pim Bollen, Interim Chief Executive of the Otago Regional Council, said Dunedin will be open from 1 February to before July 2022 after a timetable that was cut for several months due to a nationwide driver shortage. He said he could expect services to resume at the level of

Borren said the news came as a result of pre-Christmas talks with operators and a significant raise to ORC’s driver wages introduced on October 1.

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With support from the central government and Waka Kotahi, it was $5 higher than the historical average rate.

Public transportation services became popular during council and government discount fares, he said.

Queenstown will remain on a shortened timetable until around June 1, Mr Bollen said, adding: “Difficult accommodation and high living costs have proven to be a particular challenge for recruiting local drivers. because it has been proven.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said changes to the immigration environment to give residency to nurses, teachers and more tradesmen show the government is responding to staffing shortages.

Canterbury drivers were offered pay increases in late October, backdated to October 1, bringing them on par with Dunedin and other metropolitan areas.

However, a spokeswoman for Environment Canterbury said it had no update on driver numbers and would review the situation in February.

A spokesperson said training new drivers for the network will take time.Most subway services are keep running like they were – On paper it was a normal timetable, but in reality we unexpectedly canceled the service when we ran out of drivers.

Orbiter flight frequency has been reduced from 10 to 15 minutes in 2022 due to a driver shortage.

To minimize disruption to users, operators will spread cancellations across multiple routes where possible to avoid back-to-back cancellations, a spokesperson said.

Canterbury bus occupancy in November 2022 was 84% ​​before COVID-19.

Both Otago and Canterbury Regional Councils will introduce flat-rate $2 fares for adult users on April 1st, just in time for the government’s 50% fare scheme to end.

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