Auckland Transport (AT) is reducing its public transport expenditure to contribute to the overall cost savings Auckland Council is required to make following the COVID-19 pandemic. This requires a reduction in some public transport service operations.
When these changes are implemented AT will also make planned improvements to some bus and ferry services providing better services to areas in need.
New timetables for affected services will be available later in 2020.
- Removal of Stanley Bay ferry service. Last trip 24 December 2020
- Additional ferry services for Hobsonville and Beach Haven from 25 January 2021
- Additional off-peak ferry services for West Harbour and Pine Harbour from January 2021 (both to be confirmed)
- Birkenhead ferry timetable changes (to be confirmed)
- Changes to 151X, 171X and 172X bus services from Monday 25 January 2021
- Introduction of Sunday bus services for 171 from Sunday 24 January 2021
- Removing 114 bus service from Herald Island from Sunday 24 January 2021
West and Central
- Changes to Sandringham Road and New North Road express bus services from Monday 25 January 2021
- Change to route 774 bus service from Monday 25 January 2021
- Routes 728 and 729 discontinued from Monday 20 December 2020
- Route change for the 355 to serve new development in Donegal Park from Sunday 24 January 2021
- Changes to 380 and 313 bus services from Sunday 24 January 2021
- Introduction of new Airport Link bus service with fleet of electric buses from Sunday 24 January 2021
- New bus service for Karaka Lakes from Sunday 24 January 2021
- NX2 late night Saturday and Sunday changes from Sunday 24 January 2021
- Removal of 95G and 97V peak bus services from Monday 25 January 2021
- Reduction in frequency for 842 bus services from Monday 25 January 2021
- Removal of Arkles Bay 987 bus service from Monday 25 January 2021
- Removal of 890 bus service on Corinthian Drive, Albany from Monday 25 January 2021
- Change to 50A bus service so it no longer travels on a section of Ostend Rd and Wharf Rd from Sunday 24 January 2021
- Introduction of electric buses on Waiheke Island from November 2020
- Stanley Bay is served by the nearby Devonport ferry service with a bus service to the Devonport ferry terminal.
- Four additional Hobsonville services will be added at peak times, providing much needed capacity for passengers, as follows:
- Current: 3 trips AM, 5 trips PM
- Proposed: 5 trips AM, 7 trips PM
- West Harbour – introducing two weekday trips:
- One trip from West Harbour after the morning peak.
- One trip towards West Harbour just before the afternoon peak.
- A late night trip to West Harbour will be added on Fridays.
- Pine Harbour changes are still being confirmed.
- Details to be confirmed
- Two late night NX2 trips from the city centre at 11:36pm and 12:06am (midnight) on Saturday and Sunday evenings will now only operate as far as Albany Station and not go to Hibiscus Coast Station.
- Monday to Friday timetables are unchanged.
- From Monday 25 January 2021 express bus services 171X and 172X are being replaced with more trips on the regular all-day all-stop 171 and 172 services on these routes. Express bus 151X will be replaced with a new 151 bus service that will travel on the current route between Parrs Park and New Lynn
- Passengers who currently have a direct service into the city will need to change at New Lynn onto either route 18 or Western Line train services
- New timetables will be introduced for the 171, 172 and 151 services. Trip departure times will be more evenly spaced out than they currently are and with outbound trips beginning their trips at New Lynn, there will be better reliability of departure times in the afternoons and evenings
- There is no reduction in the number of bus trips between New Lynn and Glen Eden, Laingholm and Titirangi
- From Sunday 24 January, a Sunday and public holiday service is being added to the 171 service between Laingholm and New Lynn. This will run to the same timetable as the Saturday service, with a bus every 2 hours.
- Laingholm currently does not have a bus service on Sundays or public holidays.
- Removing the Herald Island section of the 114 bus service.
- Auckland Transport and Ministry of Education school buses will continue to serve Herald Island.
- Removing the 114 from Herald Island will reduce the time it takes to travel between Whenuapai and Hobsonville Point by 5 to 10 minutes, and therefore provide a better experience for people travelling between these two suburbs.
- A new early morning trip to Westgate will be added.
- New timetable with a better spread of departure times will be introduced. The residential parts of Hobsonville will be connected to every ferry sailing on weekdays with the combined 112 and 114 bus services.
- 221X, 223X, 243X, 248X express bus services on New North Road and Sandringham Road will be replaced with more trips on the regular all-day all-stop bus services on these routes from Monday 25 January 2021.
- This change allows more people to get a seat on a bus in Kingsland along New North Road and Sandringham Road as the express buses currently don’t stop to pick these people up even if they have space on board to do so.
- Sandringham Road between the Sandringham shops and the city centre will get 7 extra trips in the morning and 4 extra trips in the evening.
- New North Road between the Morningside shops and the city centre will get 12 extra trips in the morning and 3 extra trips in the evening.
- New peak-hour timetables will be introduced for the all-stops services. Trip departure times will be more evenly spaced out during the peak than they currently are.
- One section of New North Road between St Lukes Road and Morningside Drive will have fewer buses as the express buses by-passed the St Lukes shopping centre along this road. These bus stops will continue to be served by route 20 (a frequent all-day service seven days a week) and 209 (weekday peak hour service to and from the city centre).
- From Monday 25 January 2021 bus service 774 will not serve Crossfield Road. There will be no change to the 774 route between Mt Taylor Drive and the City Centre.
- Customers travelling from Crossfield Road to the City Centre will be able to take the 774 from Mt Taylor Drive or the 762 from West Tamaki Road.
- Removing 728 and 729 express bus services between Howick Village, Lloyd Elsmore Park and Panmure Station.
- Existing bus routes 72C, 72M and 72X follow the same route.
- Last day of operation is Friday 18 December 2020.
- From 24 January 2021, route 355 will be diverted to serve a growing development at Donegal Park.
- Journey times for through-passengers will not be affected.
- Five pairs of new stops will be served by this route change.
- Route 380 will be split into two separate bus routes:
- Route 38: will run between Onehunga and Auckland International Airport via Mangere Town Centre. The route will be similar to the 380 route over this section but amended to serve Mountain Road which is currently served by the 313 route. It will operate every 15 minutes from 7am until late and every 30 minutes before 7am.
- Airport Link: will run between Manukau and Auckland International Airport. See below for details.
- Route 313 bus service will no longer travel between Onehunga and Mangere Town Centre
- has an average of 35 boardings per day on the affected section of the route.
- Other bus services are available for most of the removed section of the 313 route.
- There is no change to the 313 route between Manukau and Mangere Town Centre.
Introduction of new Airport Link bus service with fleet of electric buses from Sunday 24 January 2021
- A new bus service, the Airport Link, will begin operating between Manukau Bus Station and Auckland International Airport with a full fleet of electric buses.
- Will run via Papatoetoe, until Puhinui station is open in May 2021 every 15 minutes from 4:35am to 12:15am, 7 days a week.
- From May 2021, the Airport Link will run between the Airport and Manukau via Puhinui every 10 minutes from 4:30am to 12:40am, 7 days a week.
- The existing 378 bus service will extend its route into Karaka Lakes to provide a service to the growing residential area.
- New timetables. Connections with trains will remain.
- Routes 95G and 97V bus services will be discontinued at peak times.
- A high level of service will remain with Glenfield shops having 20 buses to and from the city and Verrans Corner having 15 buses during the two-hour morning and afternoon peaks.
- The two 97V services after 9pm will now continue beyond Verrans Corner as 97B and 97R services to cover the Beach Haven loop.
- Services will reduce to every 20 minutes.
- From Monday 25 January 2021 trial bus service 987 will no longer operate.
- The service operates six trips a day Monday to Friday only.
- This Monday to Friday service serving Corinthian Drive, Albany will be discontinued. The last trip will be on Friday 22 January 2021.
Change to 50A bus service so it no longer travels on a section of Ostend Road and Wharf Road from Sunday 24 January 2021
- From Sunday 24 January 2021 bus service 50A will no longer travel on a section of Ostend Road and Wharf Road in Ostend.
- This section was added on a trial basis in December 2019.
This will mean people on Ostend Road wanting to use a bus will need to walk an additional 300 to 400 metres to Ostend Road near Belgium Street or Causeway Road to do so. From here, they will have 6 buses an hour to Matiatia and 4 buses an hour to Onetangi.
- From November 2020, 8 electric buses will be introduced on Waiheke Island. This will amount to almost half of the public transport buses on the island. The first six buses are expected to arrive in October and the remaining two in November.
- From about 2022 approximately one more electric bus each year will be added to the fleet as part of our transition to full electric bus fleet on the island.
- From February 2021, a full fleet of electric buses will be introduced on the City Link which operates on between Karangahape Rd and Wynyard Quarter via Queen Street.
Last updated 22 September 2020
Information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change.