New bus services for South Auckland, Pukekohe and Waiuku – on its way
We are only days away before the biggest ever change to Auckland’s bus and train network.
Sunday 30 October at 4.45am, the (380) Airporter bus is the first scheduled bus of the Southern New Network to hit the road.
In recent weeks there has been a flurry of activity telling bus customers about the changes to get them ready for day one. This has included:
• Delivering the information brochure and local bus timetables to 119,000 letterboxes.
• Translating the brochure and videos into Hindi, Samoan, Tongan and Chinese.
• Putting up change posters at almost 500 bus stops. There are also posters at all of the 104 stops that will close, advising people of their nearest alternative bus stop.
• More than 300 new bus stops have been installed or relocated.
• 20 information events, helping customers plan their new journeys.
How to get ready for the changes
Here are some ways that you can plan your journey before the changes take place from Sunday 30 October.
• Come along to the Otahuhu Station community day to get help from our staff.
• Look at the new bus route map to find your new route.
• Check the new bus timetable.
• Use the online Journey Planner to plan your journey. It is important to select a date from Sunday 30 October onwards in order for the Journey Planner to display your new journey details.
• Call us on 09 366 6400. For Franklin residents, free call 0800 10 30 80.
• Visit an AT Customer Service Centre and our friendly staff will be able to help.
Changes to other central Auckland services
Some other central Auckland bus routes that connect at Panmure, Sylvia Park, Ōtāhuhu, and Onehunga are affected by the southern New Network changes, particularly bus routes that travel along Tamaki Drive, Mt Wellington Highway, and Manukau Road.
There have been a number of build projects on the go to support how the New Network will operate in South Auckland, Pukekohe and Waiuku.
Otahuhu Bus Station (at the train station)
The new station will officially open with a community celebration onSaturday 29 October, from 10am to 3pm. The first bus scheduled to stop at the station on Sundaymorning is the Great South Road Frequent 33 service departing at6:45am.
Otahuhu Town Centre
All new bus services will continue to travel to the town centre and stop at the new bus stops on Avenue Road a few metres away from the bus depot. New bus stops and bus shelters are being built on both sides of Avenue Road.
Mangere Town Centre
New bus facilities are being built including two new bus stops and a covered connection to the shopping mall.
A temporary facility and layout for the new bus services has been constructed. All local buses will now connect at the train station.
Manukau Bus Station
Main construction work on the Manukau Bus Station will start next week. Until the bus station is built all buses except for the Airporter (380) and long distance coaches will use the bus stops near the Manukau Train Station.
To see what the new station will look like, watch the video!