Three of the neighbourhood group which saved their bus route (from left) John Tupper, Robin Clerk and Judy Johannessen. Photo Merrie Hewetson

An Auckland Transport officer found herself walking the steep streets of Surfdale on a dark and stormy night after a group of residents set out to save their long-standing bus route from planned changes.

“We asked her to come and experience first hand, the problems we would face if our bus service was cancelled after dark; it wouldn’t have done to do it on a fine night with a moon. She wouldn’t have understood what we were talking about,” says Jellicoe Parade resident Judy Johannessen with a quick grin.  

The neighbourhood group that also included John Tupper and Robin Clerk door-knocked local streets for signatures and mounted what is now a successful campaign to retain their bus route along Wellington Road and Jellicoe Parade linking with both Matiatia and Ostend. 

Liz Waters

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