The Orbiter bus route, used by residents at the Diana Issac Retirement Village, may be halted due to development on Christchurch's northern corridor motorway.
Environment Canterbury has proposed the Orbiter's route detour past Philpotts Road, which would not allow residents at the village to access the service close to where they are. Instead of a 10-minute walk down to Philpotts Road, Ecan has proposed the bus route neglects Philpotts Road forcing residents to walk a kilometre to catch the Orbiter line.
With the help of Labour MP Duncan Webb, resident's put together a petition to hand Environment Canterbury to highlight the support of keeping the Orbiter close to the retirement facility.
“If you look at these people, whilst they might be spritely, they are 70 or 80 years old some of them, and a kilometre walk is just not on so rather than accepting the decision they’ve gone to Ecan, three bus loads of them, and handed over a petition with about 300 signatures saying we need a change," Webb said.