Media release 11 June 2013
There is a new way to get to Auckland Airport with the bus service between Manukau and the airport being extended.
The Airporter 380 service goes from the airport to Mangere Bridge, Mangere town centre and Onehunga creating a new link between the train at Onehunga and Auckland Airport.
The extended service gives train commuters and airport workers a new reliable and fast service to the Airport or CBD. Something locals and the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board have been pushing for.
Lydia Sosene from the Local Board says, “Public transport is a critical mode of transport in this community. We have continually advocated this position to Auckland Transport since stepping into these roles. We welcome this long overdue bus service through Mangere Bridge to the Airport – and will continue to advocate for increased services.”
The new Airporter 380 Manukau to Onehunga via Airport service meets train services at Onehunga between 6am and 8pm. The current service operating between Manukau City and the Airport still runs every 30 minutes between 5am and 11.30pm.
Buses will start and terminate trips at the recently upgraded Onehunga Transport Centre. This will provide connections with more than 17 other bus services that use the centre as well as providing Onehunga residents with regular access to the Airport.
The new service will mean more options for students attending schools close to the route in Mangere and Mangere Bridge. Tertiary students at the AUT Manukau campus and the new MIT campus at Manukau will also benefit.
The Onehunga Transport Centre has improved pavements, larger shelters, real time signs installed and upgraded timetable information.
Auckland Transport worked in partnership with the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board on the upgrade. It kept the Onehunga Business Association and other stakeholders fully engaged with the development of the project and involved the local community in the design of the new bus shelters.
Board chair Simon Randall says, “The shelters feature prominent artworks depicting aspects of Onehunga’s history.
“Another exciting development is that bus services will now run direct from the Onehunga interchange to the airport.”
Mr Randall says both these developments support Onehunga’s role as an important centre in the Auckland region.
The improvement work also involved road safety works on the adjacent Pearce Street in Onehunga which saw the footpath widened and speed calming added to slow traffic.