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Careful, you could end up waiting a while . . . Timaru bus services will not be running on Christmas Day or December 30, and there will be limited public transport from Christmas Day to January 2. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

by Greta Yeoman

Do not be caught out this holiday season – Timaru bus services will be working to different schedules over the Christmas-New Year period.

Buses will not run in Timaru on Christmas Day or December 30.

The Grantlea, Gleniti, Watlington and Timaru Link services will all run on their weekday timetables today (December 24), as well as December 27, December 28 and December 31.

Only the Timaru Link service, operating on its Saturday timetable, will be running on December 26, December 29, New Year’s Day and January 2.

Timaru bus services will resume to the normal weekday timetables from Thursday, January 3.

However, it is good news for bus users with SuperGold cards, which can be used at any time from Boxing Day to January 2.

The normal restrictions on use before 9am and after 3pm do not apply during this period.

Normal SuperGold card hours will resume on January 3.

The Metroinfo Call Centre – on (03) 688-5544 – will be open from 7am to 6pm on Christmas Eve, but will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and January 2.

The call centre will be open from 7am to 7pm on December 27-29 and on December 31.

It will also open from 9am to 7pm on December 30.

Normal call centre hours will resume on January 3.

Submissions regarding proposed changes to Timaru’s bus services are still open and a public survey on the Timaru Metroinfo website will run until “after the Christmas break”, an Environment Canterbury spokeswoman said.

“Staff will analyse the results early in the new year, collating them with the interview and focus group findings to inform decisions on the next stages of this project.”

The “On-Demand Public Transport in Timaru?” survey includes questions about how residents travel around the town, how and when they would use any on-demand services, the importance of cost, flexibility and convenience of proposed services and what they think of the idea of changing to an on-demand public transport system.

Residents can complete the survey through the Timaru Metroinfo website (www.metroinfo.co.nz/timaru) or contact Environment Canterbury by emailing metro@ecan.govt.nz or calling (03) 688-5544.