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Additional Bus and Train Services for Christmas Revellers

Additional Bus and Train Services for Christmas Revellers

Auckland Transport is putting on extra services this weekend to help get Christmas revellers home after their night in town. These additional services coincide with changes to liquor laws that mean all bars and clubs must stop selling alcohol at 4am and close their doors at 4.30.

Auckland Transport’s Manager Public Transport Operations, Mark Lambert, says “We want to give Aucklanders more safe options to get home on this big weekend of pre-Christmas celebrations.”

Additional early morning Northern Express buses and train services will operate on Saturday 21 December and Sunday 22 December.

For people on the North Shore, the Northern Express bus service will run every 30 minutes until 6am. The last service departs Albany at 5.30am before regular services resume at 7am.
The last service leaves Britomart at 6am until regular services resume at 7.30am.

And there will be special early morning trains departing from Britomart this Saturday and Sunday.

• 5.03am Western Line to Waitakere
• 5.11am Eastern Line to Manukau
• 5.36am Southern Line to Papakura
• 6.03am Western Line to Waitakere
• 6.11am Eastern Line to Manukau
• 6.36am Southern Line to Papakura

Then normal timetables apply.

Mr Lambert says, “The extra services are in addition to the Niterider services which operate every weekend and on New Year’s Eve.”

Niterider buses run to ten destinations every Saturday and Sunday morning between 1am and 3.40am. For details go to: http://www.maxx.co.nz/info/how-to-travel/take-the-bus/niterider-services.aspx

Another option for getting home is to use a sober driver. Auckland Transport is currently running a cinema campaign about responsible driving after a night out and we have also launched a Facebook app: http://www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz/about-us/News/LatestNews/Pages/Make-it-home-safely-this-Christmas.aspx

Our advice is always plan ahead and work out your options for getting home safely whether it is using public transport or a designated sober driver.

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