Transforming West Auckland’s bus network Transforming West Auckland’s bus network
West Aucklanders may soon have access to much more frequent and convenient public transport.
Auckland Transport (AT) is proposing substantial improvements to buses in West Auckland - in response to the first step towards a rapid transit corridor currently under construction along State Highway 16 (SH16).
Effective public transport has many benefits for our city - including reducing congestion and carbon emissions.
This is why Auckland Transport (AT) is proposing to transform the bus network in West Auckland - so customers can use buses to travel to more places more often.
AT’s Pete Moth, service network development manager, says the Northwest is growing with more houses, more jobs and more people needing to travel.
“Over 60 per cent of people living in the Northwest commute out of the area and they have limited transport options for travelling to work, study and social activities.
“The current lack of bus interchanges and bus priority lanes means the bus network is not as frequent, efficient and reliable as it could be.
“We’re really excited to see the works underway to deliver the first step towards a rapid transit corridor along the Northwestern Motorway. With this infrastructure in place, we can make fundamental improvements to the bus network. With these proposals, almost three times as many people in West Auckland will be within walking distance to a frequent bus route.
“Effective public transport can reduce congestion and carbon emissions, connect communities, improve health outcomes and provide independent mobility for those who can’t or choose not to drive.”
The changes being proposed include:
- A new Western Express (WX1) bus service to provide more frequent services on the Northwestern Motorway
- Local routes connecting with motorway services at new bus interchanges at Te Atatū, Lincoln Rd and Westgate
- Increasing the all-day frequency of route 131 and re-numbering it to route 13 for easier local trips; and connecting to new bus interchanges at Te Atatū and trains at Henderson
- Increasing the all-day frequency of route 120 between Henderson and the North Shore and re-numbering it to route 12
- Most buses running more frequently and later in the evenings
- Creating a simpler bus network so it is easier to understand
- Most customers will need to transfer to motorway services to travel to the city.
Tell us what you think about the proposed changes by Sunday 1 May 2022 at: