View the results of the public transport survey in the Waitakere Ranges area.
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What the New Network is
The New Network is the biggest change to happen to the whole of Auckland’s public transport in its history. It fundamentally changes the way bus services operate, providing greater access around Auckland for more people, at more times of the day, more often.
The New Network is based on 3 principles: frequency, connectivity, and simplicity.
Frequency is freedom
The higher the frequency of each route, the more useful it is for passengers.
The New Network aims to increase the frequency on key routes (within available funding) so you can connect between high frequency routes and make journeys to a wide range of destinations without having to plan your connections in advance. This will make it a lot easier to get around at all times of the day.
The key routes in the network are called ‘Frequent’ routes. These routes meet our ‘frequent promise’ - each route runs at least every 15 minutes, 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week. These routes also run earlier and later than this, and many will run at a frequency higher than 15 minutes.
A connected network
The New Network is designed to work as a connected network. You can easily transfer between bus and train services without paying an additional fare.
By having fewer routes at higher frequencies, you can still travel to a wide range of destinations, but you will have more options of when to travel. This also makes more efficient use of resources as there is less duplication between services travelling the same routes as train services.
Simplicity and legibility
The current network is complicated and difficult to understand as it tries to connect lots of places with lots of other places. We have bus routes going just about everywhere, but the buses don’t always come often
The New Network is simpler, so you can easily figure out which routes you need to make your journey, rather than sort through a web of possibilities.
Many North American and European cities already use this network model.
Routes that do the same thing, all day, every day, make it easier for people to figure out the bus they need to catch for any journey at any time of the day or week. The New Network aims to have as many routes as possible operate all day, every day, while removing as many occasional and infrequent variations to routes as possible.
We call this the all-day network, with services operating between 7am and 7pm, 7 days a week. People can rely on bus services to be there when they need them, without having to look up a timetable, or being caught out by finding the service only runs twice a day, or doesn’t run on weekends.
Over the top of this all-day network we have added some peak and targeted services that complement the main network, though the first preference is to add or increase frequency/span on an all-day route if possible.
Three reasons for the New Network
Improve the attractiveness of public transport - so more people use it more often.
Better use of resources - making buses and trains works together as a single network reduces duplication and provides services where they are needed.
Provide more service for the same money - by designing the network to operate through connections we can provide more bus trips for the same amount of money.
Contributing to the Auckland Plan
The New Network is one of the key elements in achieving Auckland Council’s Auckland Plan targets for public transport. These targets are:
Double patronage from 70 million in 2012 to 140 million in 2022.
Increase the proportion of trips made by public transport to the city centre during morning peak from 47% of vehicular trips in 2011 to 70% in 2020.
Increase proportion of people living within walking distance of frequent public transport stops from 14% (2011) to 32% by 2040.
With Auckland growing so fast, getting our public transport network ready means there’s lots of changes going on right now. With over 130,000 people using buses each day, this is a massive change. Improved service frequencies, more direct routes, a new fare system, and new bus stations will help make it easier for you to use public transport.
Due to scale of the changes, the New Network is being consultation on and implemented in phases:
South Auckland - consultation closed August 2013; network launched October 2016.
Hibiscus Coast - consultation closed August 2014; network launched October 2015.
Warkworth - consultation closed August 2014; Network launched 30 September 2018.
West Auckland - consultation closed December 2014; network launched June 2017.
East Auckland - consultation closed December 2015; network launched December 2017.
North Shore - consultation closed July 2015; final decisions released April 2016; Network launched 30 September 2018.
Central Auckland suburbs - consultation closed December 2015; final decisions released June 2016; Network launched 8 July 2018.
Beachlands and Maraetai - consultation closed November 2015; results released November 2016; new bus route (739) implemented December 2017.
Waiheke - consultation closed April 2018; final decisions released September 2018; Network launched 13 October 2019.
To improve public transport, we needed to make some bold changes. We understand not everyone was in favour of what was proposed, or were aware that consultation took place.
Some of the trade-offs included:
Replacing some bus services that take you direct from your home to your destination with generally more frequent services, which may require a transfer. While transfers may not be desirable, they are essential to both frequency and simplicity and they also enable access to a much wider set of destinations.
Some bus stops will no longer be used. As a result some people may need to walk further to access public transport. Some of the factors we consider when removing bus services from a street include low all-day patronage, road layout constraints, access to frequent services, and shortening the routes to make them quicker and more direct.
School bus services
We will be reviewing existing school bus services. Schools will be notified of any changes to allow time for students to plan their new journeys.
The cost of operating the New Network is intended to be the same as the cost of operating the current network, as the AT resources required to operate the network will remain the same or similar, for example, the number of buses needed.
However, we cannot be certain of this until the network is fully implemented.
New infrastructure and upgraded existing facilities will also be needed to allow the New Network to operate efficiently and to improve the customer experience. There is a cost to deliver these improvements beyond current operational resources.
Spacing between bus stops
We are reviewing the spacing between bus stops. A route with many bus stops close together can mean a longer journey and unreliable arrival times. However, a route with fewer bus stops reduces the number of times a bus has to stop and start, allowing buses to reach their destination quicker.
A faster journey also allows for operational improvements to the bus network, such as increased frequency of buses and more consistent journey times
Reorganising bus stops is a balance between spacing bus stops to improve bus running times, while achieving our intention to get as many Aucklanders as possible within 400m of their nearest bus stop.
Park and ride
AT has a policy to clarify the role of park and ride facilities within the public transport network, and to set clear priorities for future investment. The development of park and ride will be done as an integral part of the public transport network, where it can maximise patronage growth and provide customers with alternative ways to access public transport services.
The New Network is the culmination of many projects over recent years.
Investment in double-tracking and new electric trains (completed 2015) has enabled an increase in the frequency of train services and a huge improvement in the comfort, accessibility, and attractiveness of train services.
Trains now run every 10 minutes at peak on most lines, every 20 or 30 minutes outside these times on weekdays, and half-hourly on weekends.
AT HOP card
Introduction of the AT HOP card, completed in 2014, enabled fast and convenient payment of fares on buses, trains, and ferries. For the first time passengers could use a single card on all AT services, simplifying payment.
Building on the introduction of the HOP card, Simpler Fares introduced an integrated fare system across the whole of Auckland. This allows passengers to more easily make journeys that involve multiple trips and connections between different vehicles. And as the name says, it also makes it easier to know what your fare will be, for any trip, anywhere in the city.
Construction of major interchanges and infrastructure, for example, Otahuhu Station (completed in October 2016). Interchanges with quality facilities at key points make connections easier for passengers.
Comprehensive community consultation
Starting in 2013, AT has been conducting comprehensive consultations on the details of the New Network in each area. Public feedback has resulted in changes to make the New Network work better for the community.
If you are living in fear in your relationship or in your family, there are so many ways we can help you right now. You won’t be turned away even if you don’t have children, a NZ visa, or money. If you still have more questions have a read below and contact us when you’re ready.
I’m ready to talk now.
You can call our 24-hour support and crisis line on 0800 REFUGE (733843). Or, if you prefer, you can click here and contact us discretely through our contact form and we will email you back as soon as possible.
What will I do for money?
There are a number of benefits and allowances you may be eligible for if you are a victim of domestic violence in New Zealand. We can help you better understand your options once you make contact.
I haven’t been beaten up, can Women’s Refuge still help me?
We support women who have experienced any form of domestic violence: verbal, psychological/emotional, sexual, and financial as well as physical. In fact, psychological/emotional abuse is the most common form of domestic violence.
How much does it cost to stay?
Women's Refuge support and advocacy services are free. In the safe house, rent is usually charged once your financial situation is sorted out. Safety is our main concern. You won't be turned away if you don't have any money.
How long can I stay in a safe house?
Some women only stay a night or two, while others stay for weeks. You can talk with the advocates at your local refuge about how long you think you need to stay to ensure your safety.
I don’t live with my partner, but he is abusing me. Can you still help me?
Yes, you don’t have to be living with your partner to experience domestic violence and you can still call us.
What happens if I haven't got any clothes or food?
Women's Refuge has clothing that you can have. We’ve also got toys and books, formula and nappies. You are welcome to use our emergency food until you get your financial situation sorted out.
Will other people be there?
Safe houses usually have other women, including women with their children, staying there. Refuge advocates are around during the day.
How will I get my kids to school?
The advocates at your local refuge will help you work out transport for your children, or help with changing schools.
Can Women's Refuge help me if I stay in my own house?
Yes, we can provide all the same support and advocacy for you no matter where you choose to live. You may be eligible to access support through the Whanau Protect service.
I'm living in a rural area. Can you still help me?
Yes. Find your local refuge and they will be able to arrange support, advocacy and transport for you.
Can Women's Refuge help around issues with children?
Yes. We can provide support and advocacy around matters to do with custody, access and care.
BEING SAFE ONLINE
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If you suspect your device has been compromised by spyware, then you should use consider using another device as some spyware may still be able to monitor icognito sessions.
To activate a private browsing session, follow the instructions below.
Open Safari > go to the File menu > select New Private Window
When finished, don’t forget to close your browser window to ensure your safety and privacy.
Open Chrome > go to the triple-dot menu (top right of your browser's window) > select New Incognito Window
Open IE > click the Tools button > select Safety > and then click InPrivate Browsing
Open Firefox > click the menu button ☰ > and then click New Private Window
You should see a message in the new window saying that you are now browsing privately.
When finished, don’t forget to close your browser window to ensure your safety and privacy.
The most important thing is for you and your children to get out safely. It is important to know that leaving a violent relationship can be one of the most dangerous times for women and children so it is important to make a safety plan around leaving and keep your plans confidential. Below are some tips to help you make a plan.
If you can, pack a bag with bare necessities and important documents that you can leave with someone you trust. Include important documents such as passport, birth certificate, bank account details, driver’s licence, and bank cards and other things like medicines.
Know abuser's schedule and safe times to leave.
Contact us for guidance or a safe place to stay for you and your children.
We warmly welcome all women and their children to access our support, advocacy and crisis accommodation. If you need help or have questions, use our live chat to get in touch.
The safety of you and your children (if you have them) will be your primary concern. If you’re not ready or cannot safely leave, here are some things you can do to stay safe now.
Make a safety plan with the guidance of a refuge advocate.
Get yourself a pre-paid phone; keep it charged and safe.
Keep photocopies of important documents (passport, birth certificate, bank account details, medical notes, driver's licence, etc) and store these at the home of a supportive friend or family member.
Keep a journal of all violent incidents, noting dates and events.
If you can, open your own bank account and try to save some money.
If you have pets you are worried about, consider them in your safety plan.
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You may request access to, or correction of, any personal information we hold about you by contacting us as follows:
Privacy Officer NCIWR PO Box 27-078 Marion Square Wellington 6141
To ensure that the contact information we hold about you is accurate and current, please notify us of any changes to such information as soon as possible.
Any emergency relating to domestic violence should be directed to 111 for New Zealand Police assistance.
If you request assistance through this website, we will endeavour to respond as soon as we can. If you require advocacy services phone 0800 REFUGE or 0800 733 843 to talk to a refuge in your area within New Zealand. All member refuges of NCIWR are listed on our main website (www.womensrefuge.org.nz). If you do visit the Women’s Refuge Website, please note that it is a traceable site so we recommend you use the online safety tips found on this web application to visit www.womensrefuge.org.nz safely.
Advocacy services are available at member refuges. Your call and information will be treated in confidence and privacy.
If You’re In Immediate danger CALL 111 IMMEDIATELY
If you fear for your safety:
Run outside and head for where there are other people.
Ask someone to call 111
If you have children take them with you if you can