[June 24, 1899 – Auckland Star] Sir, —Will you allow me space in your valuable paper to explain to the residents of Mt. Eden, Mt. Roskill, Mt. Albert, and Avondale districts, and also in reply to several letters that appeared in your paper this week re our Sunday bus service of the above roads. In explanation we may state that in taking over Messrs Paterson and Co.’s buses we are prepared, as servants of the public, to give to the residents of the above-mentioned districts the very best service that it is possible for us to give, and to study the requirements of the travelling public in every particular in order to meet their hearty support and the welfare of these growing districts.
One of the questions that presented itself was a request to give Mt. Eden and Mt. Roskill a Sunday bus service, stating that the residents of those districts were put to great inconvenience, and that we, who got their weekly support, should also meet the requirements of Sunday.
We may state at this stage that although we are prepared to meet the public requirements in these districts, we would much rather not introduce a Sunday bus service. But to find out the true state of the feeling of the residents of these districts we decided to duly advertise a Sunday time-table and to run it, and the result would be accepted as a proof of the desires of the residents; and we are pleased to find that the buses were not patronised, and that we are not expected to meet this objectionable and unpleasant duty, for which we take this opportunity of thanking our clients and also those who came to our assistance with their valuable letters, both privately and through the press. —
We are, etc.,
ANDREW, SONS & CO,
[We have received two other letters against Sunday buses, but the announcement made above by Messrs Andrew of the discontinuance of the Sunday service renders further correspondence on this subject unneccessary. We have no doubt that the ready compliance of the firm with what they believe to be the wishes of a majority of the residents in the Mount Eden and Mount Roskill districts will be cordially appreciated.-* Ed. E.S.]