Bus users in the far south of the city will welcome the new bus lanes being built by NZ Transport Agency through Sockburn and Hornby along Main South Road (a.k.a State Highway 1).
But hey there - does anyone smell a slight whiff of hypocrisy in the stance of the National Government and that of its transport arm, NZ Transport Agency??
Isn't this the same political/planning machine that two and half years ago, in November 2009, withdrew $4 million of previously agreed funding for Christchurch City Council planned bus bus lanes, as well as reducing cycleway and road safety funding drastically.
As a consequence several equally congested areas of the city and inner suburbs have had bus lane programmes pushed back several years.
Viewed against the needs of The Orbiter or multiple buses along Riccarton Road, for example, one would even ask whether bus laning at Hornby is not jumping the bus priority funding queue!!
Sad that one of the - very very few - infrastructure changes ever made to assist bus movements in Christchurch, despite a decade and a half of empty promises and Council bumbling, should be at the cost of bullshit and double standards!