Would you take the bus if there was a commuter service? Would you use the bus instead of driving or taxiing to the airport? Or would you use a different bus route from what’s currently available?
These are some of the questions Council wants your feedback on as part of its Marlborough Transport (Bus) Survey.
The survey, which runs until Friday 4 May, aims to gauge community interest in expanding the bus service to Renwick and from Burleigh/Boulevard Park on Taylor to Blenheim town centre.
Councillor Jenny Andrews says this is a great opportunity for people to let Council know what they want from their local bus services.
“Marlborough is changing – we need to ensure our bus service meets the needs of local residents and also visitors to the region.
“For some of our older residents, the bus service is a lifeline that allows them to get out and do the simple things – like shopping or going to the doctor’s – that others might take for granted.
“We want to ensure we can provide the right service for the majority of people in Marlborough which is why it’s so important for the community to provide us with their views,” Councillor Andrews says.
The survey will also try to establish whether other bus services in the region are likely to be viable.
“Council wants to get a better understanding of how residents use the current service, and how they think it could be improved. We also want to know whether additional routes are required or whether an extension of service hours would result in locals catching the bus to and from work,” Councillor Cynthia Brooks says.
“Every home in Renwick will receive a survey form in their letterbox over the coming days to ensure that those who are not online have an opportunity to give their views,” Councillor Brooks says.
A paper copy is also available from either Council reception (15 Seymour Street, Blenheim), or the Blenheim or Picton Library – or from the driver on the Blenheim Bus.
Once completed the hard copy survey can be mailed to Marlborough District Council, PO Box 443, Blenheim, 7240 or dropped in one of the collection boxes at Council reception (15 Seymour Street, Blenheim), the Blenheim or Picton Library, or the Renwick Super Value store.