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More double decker buses in Auckland means a significant increase in seats during peaks

Double up for NZ
More double decker buses for Auckland

More double decker buses have hit the roads in Auckland recently, which means more seats on busy routes in the region.

The new, larger buses are now operating along Mount Eden Road on the 277 route Waikowhai to the city return and the 274 route Three Kings to the city return.

Auckland Transport’s bus services manager Brendon Main says there will be 12 double deckers on the two runs with three more joining from the middle of June.

"This means 450 more seats for the peak morning and evening runs, an increase of 15 per cent," he says.

"These routes are busy so I’m sure people will be thrilled with the extra capacity and they will love the new buses which have USB chargers, better climate control and, of course, great views."

Main says at the end of June double deckers will also join the popular 881 service that operates from Albany to Newmarket via downtown and the university.

"There will eight new double deckers on this route adding an extra 150 seats at peak time and even more seats at off-peak. This is an overall capacity increase of more than 10per cent  at peak times. "

The services will be operated for Auckland Transport by NZ Bus.

Chief executive officer Zane Fulljames welcomes the addition to their fleet.

"We are proud to put these buses on the road. They are a game changer raising the level of comfort and service for our customers."

Double decker buses already run on the Northern Express and on some services operated by Howick and Eastern.

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