On trial


New bus shelters in Auckland are being used to gauge customer feedback on new designs

On trial
One of the Symonds Street bus shelter

Prototype bus shelters which may eventually be rolled out across Auckland have been installed in part of the city by Auckland Transport (AT) so people can have their say on the new design.

The overbridge on Symonds Street has had three prototype bus shelters installed as part of the trial.

AT Group Manager Public Transport Mark Lambert wants people to go and see for themselves how the shelters look and feel.

"This is a great opportunity to have a say on the type of bus shelter design or designs that will ultimately be rolled out across Auckland," he says.

"Already the anecdotal feedback we are receiving is very encouraging and we expect a lot of interest during the consultation period."

Auckland’s bus network currently has a variety of different bus shelter designs of varying quality and usability.

Lambert says AT is looking to create a more recognisable bus network with a standardised shelter design or suite of designs that are attractive, functional and adaptable to most bus stop locations and conditions.

"We want people to enjoy, not endure, their wait for the bus, and what better way to do this than asking how we can improve the experience for our customers."

All the trial shelters are a modular design so they can be installed in various sizes, layouts and locations.

The trial will also be used to assess how the shelters perform against criteria, such as value for money, durability, and ease of construction.

The consultation period runs until August 22.

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