Auckland bus network changes

Auckland’s proposed heavy rail line could soon be replaced by a bus service

Many of Auckland’s bus routes are will be altered after Auckland Transport (AT) finalised changes to the city’s bus network.

This week the decision was made to scrap plans for a heavy rail between Auckland Airport and the city.

The only way for travellers to move between the city and the airport is on roads which are becoming more congested.

The AT board recommends the link be made via light rail or bus, citing high costs of a heavy rail and better predicted results from light rail.

A report found a heavy rail connection would cost twice as much as a light rail at $2.4 billion over the $1.2 billion needed for light rail.

The government is yet to analyse the cost of using a bus to link Auckland to its airport.

Also in the planned changes to Auckland’s public transport system is the modification of the Outer Link service, which residents petitioned to save amidst fears it might be dumped altogether.

The main idea behind the changes was to run high frequency services from the outer suburbs to the city, rather than having occasional services to less frequently travelled-to locations.

Feedback given to AT by residents suggests a close margin between those who were for and those who were against the changes to the central suburbs network.

AT says most of the negative feedback to changes came from fears the Outer Link service and the connection from Orakei to the city could be removed.

Both services under question will still be active after the changes are made to the network.

AT says most of the changes for bus routes will take place in 2017, with alterations to the central suburbs network being planned for mid-year.

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