Network finalised

Auckland Transport has released its final New Network for bus services in South Auckland.

The New Network will have trains and buses timetabled at least every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week with the development of key interchanges.

It will allow more passengers to simply turn up and go rather than planning trips around a timetable.

The key interchanges will be supported by a network of connector routes, local and peak services.

Public Transport Network Manager Anthony Cross says he is pleased with the level of support and public interest in the New Network.

"Overall people got what the New Network is all about. Many submitters raised some valid concerns and made suggestions about our proposals," he says.

"Of the 28 original proposed routes within the South Auckland area, we are making changes to 20 of those routes."

Along with analysing the public submissions a team of public transport planners went out driving the routes in buses to clarify issues raised.

Implementation of the routes is currently planned for mid-2015, subject to their affordability as determined by the tendering of bus services, and completion of the Otahuhu bus-train Interchange and other important infrastructure.

Due to the large scale of change, consultation and implementation for Auckland’s New Network has been broken into several phases.

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