Boost for city buses af­ter pub­lic calls


Pas­sen­ger feed­back has re­sulted in a bet­ter sub­ur­ban bus ser­vice for Palmer­ston North.

Now up and run­ning, the new timeta­bles were tri­alled and up­dated over the week­end.

The new ser­vices af­fected all routes ex­cept those to Sum­mer­hill and Massey Univer­sity.

‘‘The changes have come about fol­low­ing a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of the Palmer­ston North bus net­work that we car­ried out in 2014,’’ Hori­zons coun­cil­lor Rachel Keed­well said.

‘‘A suite of im­prove­ments were ap­proved by coun­cil in re­sponse to the pub­lic feed­back we re­ceived.’’

The im­prove­ments in­cluded ex­tended Mon­day to Fri­day hours of op­er­a­tion, with the last bus now de­part­ing the Main St Ter­mi­nal at 8pm.

There are also im­prove­ments to the week­end timetable with buses ser­vices will now op­er­ate from 8am – 6pm and will run ev­ery 40 min­utes on Satur­days and ev­ery 60 min­utes on Sun­days.

Ear­lier this year, Hori­zons in­creased the fre­quency of the Fern­lea Heights route and be­gan a 10-minute peak fre­quency trial for the Mil­son-Cloverlea ser­vice.

Fares re­main the same.

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