Auckland transport is investigating improvements to bus services in the Beachlands and Maraetai area. This follows a 2015 survey of residents and introduction of a new ferry timetable.
The survey, which received 541 submissions, showed community demand for buses to run more often and later in the day along with support for a ferry feeder bus service.
Public Transport Network Manager Anthony Cross says, “To explore if we can provide more buses and expanded hours of service, we’ve included an improved 589 timetable in the bus operator contracts currently out for tender. If it is affordable, this could start next year.”
There was also a call for a ferry feeder bus service, however bus stops with shelters would need to be installed at the marina, along with facilities to turn the bus around.
“The budget for these changes wouldn’t be available until at least 2018. But that’s not to say that we can’t start work on the investigation and planning.”
“We recognise that Beachlands and Maraetai are areas with significant development. As new roads are built and the population grows, we’ll monitor how we can change or add to the bus routes to better serve the community.”
“We’d also like to acknowledge the Pohutakawa Coast Community Association for providing the results of a similar survey they ran in early 2015,” says Mr Cross. “Their data has supported our findings, and we will draw upon it in our future investigations.”