Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


City welcomes Northern Express

7 November 2005

City welcomes Northern Express

Auckland City welcomed new Northern Express bus services as they arrived in the city for the first time yesterday.

The new services, managed by the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA), aim to provide passengers with a direct bus connection between the North Shore and the Britomart Transport Centre.

"Auckland City's CBD bus lanes are ready for the increased bus numbers," says Councillor Richard Simpson, chairperson of the council's Transport and Urban Linkages Committee.

"Providing people with travel choice is the key to reducing Aucklanders' reliance on the private car.

"More direct services, improved travel times and good bus priorities around the CBD - it's all part of the mix to make bus travel a real and attractive option for people," says Mr Simpson.

"The increased bus services will take a bit of getting used to, but it's important we act to achieve our passenger transport goals."

The Northern Express services will operate 24 hours, seven days a week in each direction. Passengers can catch the services at the new stations at Albany and Constellation Drive for direct north and southbound travel.

Auckland City's CBD bus lanes have been operating since July. They begin at Fanshawe Street, then extend along Albert Street to ensure better access to the western area of the CBD. The lanes are an integral part of the Northern Busway.

The bus lanes also form part of the council's strategic rapid transit network plans for the city. Another key element is the current work to widen Fanshawe Street. Once complete, this will future-proof this northern gateway to the CBD by increasing capacity for buses.

The central transit corridor also contributes to these plans. Currently under detailed design, it will form an extension to the rapid transit network by increasing access to Newmarket and the eastern suburbs from the North Shore.

"Work is underway and progressing at pace to develop a passenger transport network that gives Aucklanders better choice and access to their city," says Mr Simpson.

"We will continue to develop the network with our regional partners to ensure people have a choice about leaving their cars at home more often."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news