This is a guest post from reader Bryce P
As you should be well aware by now, the New Bus Network for Hibiscus Coast is due to go live in late October. This brings a large number of changes for bus services on the Hibiscus Coast, notably the extension of the NEX to the Hibiscus Coast Park’n’Ride.
What I have noticed though is that while all services back to the Orewa and Whangaparaoa return back along Silverdale Street, the outgoing services to the Park’n’Ride miss the town centre completely.
The key reason for this will be due to Park’n’Ride buses not being able to return to Hibiscus Coast Highway from Silverdale Street due to no signalised intersection.
Signalising the intersection has been discussed for a number of years and, before the Super City was formed, was even funded by the then Rodney District Council. It is acknowledged as a key component to reconnect the Silverdale shops and the business area and is supported by both the Local Board and the local Business Association. Unfortunately Auckland Transport do not see this as a matter that needs attention and in fact have suggested that safety is a reason they have resisted installing traffic lights here (quite how they figure this has not been explained).
Aside from reconnecting these two areas of Silverdale, installing traffic lights would also allow all buses to utilise the bus stops outside the new Silverdale Town Centre. This, in turn, allows locals to shop or access the buses from the local area, including Millwater. Across the road there are already terraces beign built and now there is a plan for a new Farmers store. Silverdale is the new hub for the area.
Also, it looks like some locals have already worked out how well bikes and public transport work together.
So Auckland Transport, lets have those lights and open up another section of the New Network. But you might want to order some bike racks at the same time.