ARTA increases services to popular Sylvia Park
ARTA Media Release
22 November 2007
ARTA increases bus and train services to popular Sylvia Park
The popularity of Sylvia Park as a shopping destination and the growing use of public transport as an easy way to get there have prompted ARTA to increase the frequency of bus and train services to the complex.
ARTA's General Manager, Customer Services, Mark Lambert says, "The success of the Sylvia Park retail and entertainment destination has led to a flow-on effect in greater demand for public transport to get to the complex. With Christmas just around the corner, shoppers will benefit from more frequent bus services and rail services to Sylvia Park.”
From Sunday 25 November, there will be changes to bus routes 009, 715 and 717 to provide better bus links and more frequent services to Sylvia Park.
The 009 bus service will no longer operate to Panmure, but instead now provides the Sylvia Park shopping centre with its first cross-town bus route (linking New Lynn, Blockhouse Bay, Onehunga and Penrose with Sylvia Park), seven days a week.
Bus route 717 (Otahuhu to Downtown, via Sylvia Park) will now operate until 6pm seven days a week instead of between 9am and 3pm Monday to Saturday only. This will provide additional services for Sylvia Park workers and shoppers who live in the Tamaki Edge area beyond walking distance of a train station.
From 2 December, there will also be additional weekend train services to Sylvia Park to tie in more closely with the opening hours of shops. From this date, half-hourly services between Britomart and Otahuhu (via Sylvia Park and Glen Innes) on the Eastern Line will be extended to 6pm on Saturdays, and Sunday services will be doubled to half hourly between 9am and 6pm.
About the changes to bus and train services:
Route 009 (New Lynn Transport Centre to Sylvia Park Shopping Centre) – from 25 November
· Services will operate between New Lynn and Sylvia Park only.
· Will now serve Sylvia Park and Dress Smart seven days a week.
· Every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and a new hourly Sunday service.
· Route 009 will no longer serve Panmure, Carbine Road or Blockhouse Bay shops (south of the roundabout) and will travel via Trafalgar Street (instead of Beachcroft Ave) and via Church St (instead of Neilson Street).
Routes 715 and 717 (Otahuhu to Downtown) – from 25 November
· Most 715 services will be changed to 717 from Monday to Sunday
· Will provide a seven-day service between Downtown, Orakei, Glen Innes, Panmure, Sylvia Park and Otahuhu
· Most services will have timetable changes.
Eastern Line rail services – from 2 December
· Half-hourly services between Britomart and Otahuhu (via Sylvia Park and Glen Innes) on the Eastern Line will be extended to 6pm on Saturdays, and Sunday services will be doubled to half hourly between 9am and 6pm.