Double deckers for NZ

More double decker buses have been rolled out for use on Auckland routes from this week

Double deckers for NZ
Auckland mayor Len Brown aboard on of the new double decker buses

East Aucklanders are the first to get the benefit of a new fleet of double decker buses being rolled this week.

Until now their use has been restricted to the Northern Busway, but the first double decker bus has gone into service in the Botany area.

The first trip departed Botany Shopping Centre travelling to Britomart along the 500 Route. The service is being operated for Auckland Transport by Howick & Eastern Buses.

Sheryll Otway, of Howick & Eastern Buses,  says the company is very proud of this new addition to its fleet.

"We are investing in 15 double deckers and it’s great to see this first one hitting the road."

She says residents in the east are going to notice a big difference.

"These buses have improved seating, USB charging points and in time will have on-board WiFi and infotainment systems."

Auckland Transport general manager AT metro Mark Lambert says over the next few months double deckers will become a regular sight in Auckland.

"Howick & Eastern will have their 15 running to the east, Ritchies will eventually have 15 crossing the harbour bridge and NZ Bus has plans for 23 buses. It’s an exciting time for bus users in Auckland."

Mayor Len Brown says today’s launch is part of an exciting transport transformation across Auckland’s east.

"The introduction of double deckers is another sign of the phenomenal growth in public transport patronage in Auckland requiring innovative solutions to cope with demand.

Bus services in Auckland totalled 60.2million passenger boardings for the 12 months to September, an annual increase of 5.7 per cent.

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