Metrolink shows off its true colours

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Heather McCracken

Auck­land buses are boast­ing a brand new look – and pas­sen­gers will be see­ing them more of­ten on some routes.

For­mer Stage­coach buses from the City, Pan­mure and Mt Roskill de­pots have been re­branded as Metrolink, and painted dark blue with sil­ver de­tails.

It fol­lows the launch of North Shore’s blue and yel­low North Star buses and west Auck­land’s green Go West ve­hi­cles.

North­ern re­gion NZ Bus gen­eral man­ager War­ren Fowler says the change is more than just a paint job.

“We asked what the pub­lic wanted from a new ser­vice and they wanted some­thing uniquely Auck­land.”

Driv­ers are also wear­ing new Metrolink uni­forms, and have all been through cus­tomer ser­vice train­ing.

Mr Fowler says the north­ern and west­ern rebranding has been well re­ceived – and had an un­ex­pected spin-off.

Lo­cally-branded buses are be­ing dented and scraped less than the old Stage­coach ve­hi­cles.

About half of the Metrolink buses have been re­painted in the new colours, but many are still to have the sil­ver de­tail added.

The 250-strong fleet will be com­pleted by the end of the year.

Manukau routes will be re­branded last, but the colour scheme won’t be re­vealed un­til Fe­bru­ary.

This week also marks the start of more fre­quent buses on Mt Eden routes.

Mr Fowler says im­prove­ments to the sched­ule ear­lier this year have re­sulted in a 17 per­cent in­crease in pa­tron­age.

Buses will now run ev­ery 15 min­utes Mon­day to Satur­day, while Sun­day ser­vices will re­main at ev­ery 30 min­utes.

For more de­tails see www. maxx.co.nz or phone 366-6400.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Fly­ing colours: NZ Bus North­ern re­gion gen­eral man­ager War­ren Fowler shows off a new Metrolink-branded bus.

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