New net­work to launch in east

Eastern Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - TARANNUM SHAIKH

Buses in East Auck­land are chang­ing for the bet­ter, in a bid for a sim­ple, more fre­quent and con­nected bus net­work.

The new net­work will com­mence on De­cem­ber 10 with dif­fer­ing bus num­bers, routes and bus stops.

Auck­land Trans­port East net­work plan­ner Luke El­liot says the three main and fre­quent bus routes will be see­ing a change.

The ex­ist­ing 500 bus from Botany to the city and re­turn will now be the 70 bus, while the 550 bus is be­com­ing the 72C and 72M and will travel from Pan­mure to Botany, via How­ick.

‘‘[These will] be ev­ery 10 min­utes, seven days a week, be­tween the hours of 7am and 7pm. Out­side those hours, it’s ev­ery 15 min­utes. It’s al­most triple what the 500 does now,’’ El­liot says.

The new 72 ser­vices will run the full length of Paku­ranga Road via Cook Street and Chapel Road (72C), or Mill­house Drive and Mead­ow­lands Drive (72M).

To go from Pan­mure to the city a new route 70 bus has been added, which will run along the Eller­slie-Pan­mure High­way.

‘‘We’ve lined up the times so you can change up be­tween the 72 and the 70, if you’re go­ing on to Eller­slie or New­mar­ket,’’ El­liot says.

He adds that those that pre­fer just one bus to the city, need not worry.

‘‘We heard dur­ing con­sul­ta­tion a lot of peo­ple say they wanted still to have a bus all the way into town, par­tic­u­larly stu­dents go­ing to Sy­monds Street.

‘‘So at peak times, the 72M is re­placed by the 72X. So that’s all the way into the city, via the mo­tor­way [sim­i­lar to] 550X. That’s go­ing to be ev­ery 10 min­utes at peak times.’’

Sim­i­lar changes are be­ing made right around East Auck­land, in­clud­ing the ad­di­tion of more ser­vices in Or­mis­ton and Flat Bush with the 35 bus, cur­rently the 580 Botany to Manukau route. Three new buses and bus routes will also be re­place the ex­ist­ing two routes at Half Moon Bay.

Full de­tails about the new ser­vices, in­clud­ing a new timetable will be mailed out to East Auck­land homes next week.

Sched­ules for in­for­ma­tion evenings that will be held from Novem­ber 18 to De­cem­ber 6 will also be in the brochure.

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East Auck­land’s new bus routes will be­gin on De­cem­ber 10, in a bid to make ser­vices more fre­quent and sim­ple.

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