Auckland Transport

Long distance school routes consultation

The final decisions on the proposal to withdraw some long distance school buses from South and West Auckland to Remuera and Epsom schools have been made and are now available.


Summary of responses


AT sought feedback on the proposal to withdraw some of the long distance school bus services from South Auckland to Remuera and Epsom schools and West Auckland to Remuera and Epsom schools between 23 August to 30 September 2016.

Thank you to all those who submitted feedback, in total, we received 124 responses.

What you told us

Feedback received showed that parents overall did not support the removal of services and were particularly concerned about safety and making connections between services, especially for primary school aged students. Other key themes were concerns about student bags and equipment, choices made to use a school bus over an urban bus and trip duration when transfers and connections are concerned.


Decisions


The final decisions have been made based on the knowledge that there are other suitable public transport options now in place.

The Southern New Network (which is the first area to change) was implemented at the end of October and feeds passengers to train services to travel to the city centre, rather than duplicating trains with buses all the way to the city centre. It also has three new ‘frequent’ routes which connect key locations and operate at least every 15 minutes between 7am and 7pm, 7 days a week (and at lower frequencies outside these core hours).

Other factors considered were the age of the students and the fact that many students are already catching public buses and trains.

Summary of decisions by route/school/area Route number Decision
St Peters College to Papakura 053 Remove

Auckland Girls Grammar School to Southmall

Puhinui to Auckland Girls Grammar School

Mangere to Auckland Girls Grammar School

Auckland Girls Grammar School to Mangere

060

060

061

061

Remove

Remove

Remove

Remove

Drury to Epsom Schools

Epsom Schools to Drury

051

051

Remove

Remove

Titirangi to Remuera Schools

Remuera Schools to Titirangi

006

006

Retain

Retain

Rationale: Removal of it would mean at least one transfer for primary school students.

Mangere to Remuera Schools

Remuera Schools to Mangere

046

046

Remove

Remove

Manurewa to Remuera Schools

Remuera Schools to Manurewa

054

054

Remove

Remove

Drury to Remuera Intermediate

Remuera Intermediate to Drury

Remuera Schools to Papakura

050

050

050

Remove

Remove

Remove

Consultation summary and decisions report

Download the Long distance school bus review consultation summary and decisions report (PDF 859KB)


Implementation


Schools will be notified of AT's decision on each route and a response sent to everyone who provided feedback.

No changes will be made to school services in the 2016 school year.

The routes to be withdrawn will be removed from service at the end of the 2016 school year.