On Sunday the next major step in the roll-out of the new bus network takes place, this time in West Auckland – and a few services that also serve the isthmus too. As AT said in a recent press release over it, everything is changing, this includes new bus routes, new route numbers and new timetables. The change also some new operators and a lot of new buses.
All the details for the change can be found here
I think the biggest disappointment, and it is the same with the new South Auckland network launched last year, is that train frequencies aren’t being improved. That means we’re stuck with half hourly trains on weekends and not much better during off-peak periods on weekdays when services should be running a minimum of every 15 minutes. It’s also disappointing that AT haven’t made any progress on building interchange stations at the Te Atatu and Lincoln Rd interchanges to a frequent service along SH16 and an even simpler network structure.
As mentioned the changes on Sunday also affect some other isthmus services too. In this case, buses on New North and Sandringham roads where AT say there will be buses leaving the city centre at least every 15 minutes until midnight.
It’s also worth noting, and we’ve mentioned in a few blog posts, that so far the new network in South Auckland is doing well.
Good luck with the change AT and if you do catch buses in west, let us know how the change over goes.