Valid from: 01/05/2018 12:00am

Changes to Hutt Valley bus services are just around the corner as part of Metlink’s upgrade of bus services across the region, with a fleet of new vehicles and new services from 17 June, says Chair of Wellington Regional Council’s Sustainable Transport Committee Barbara Donaldson.

“We’re on our way to an integrated public transport network from Te Marua to Eastbourne, and that means a new look and new services for Metlink that are focused on what customers have told us they want,” says Cr Donaldson. “In the Hutt Valley that means new weekend services to Belmont, Kororokoro, Stokes Valley Heights, Trentham and Te Marua, while Riverstone Terraces will get a regular weekday bus service for the first time. 

“Timetables will be changing too in preparation for wider changes in July so that buses and trains are more integrated. That means, for a short while, connections between bus and rail services will not be perfect, so please check your new bus timetable carefully. Connections will be much smoother from 15 July when rail timetables across the region are updated.

“We want to help more people go more places more often. So our bus fleet is changing too. The majority of buses will be brand new and painted in the Metlink colours of lime and yellow. They will be quieter and more comfortable, and feature the latest engine technology, air conditioning, and bike racks to help you get around better. We’re also ensuring that buses are the right size – so bigger buses will be on busier services, and smaller buses on quieter ones.

“Connecting with other services will also get better because we are bringing in free transfers between all Metlink buses in the Hutt Valley, as long as you pay with Snapper and it’s within 30 minutes of tagging off. So there is no extra fare to pay if changing buses at Queensgate for the Western Hills, at Upper Hutt for Te Marua, or Waterloo for a bus to Wainuiomata. From 15 July Snapper and free transfers will be available on every Metlink bus in the region.

“Signing up for MyMetlink updates (at www.metlink.org.nz) is one of the best ways you can keep up to date with what this actually means for you and how you can be more connected,” Councillor Donaldson says. “Our new network is designed to offer our customers the best of our region.  It will give us all a smoother and more comfortable travel experience. That will help our region grow and prosper, benefitting the lives of everyone in Greater Wellington.” 

ENDS

For further information please call

Peter Thornbury, Greater Wellington Regional Council Communications

021 191 6053

KEY FACTS

  • From Sunday 17 June 2018, there will be new Saturday bus services for:
    • Belmont (route 145) – 24 new Saturday trips
    • Korokoro (route 154) – 12 new Saturday trips
    • Stokes Valley Heights (route 121) – 26 new Saturday trips
    • Trentham (route 114) – 23 new Saturday trips
    • Pinehaven (route 115) – 12 new Saturday trips
  • From Monday 19 June 2018, there will be a new weekday bus route for Riverstone Terraces to Upper Hutt.
  • Bus service changes across the region being rolled out in three phases - Wairarapa on 30 April, the Hutt Valley on 17 June, and Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti on 15 July. 
  • Signing up to MyMetlink is one of the best ways to keep up to date on the changes.
  • $1.3 billion invested in operating and improving public transport services and infrastructure over five years.
  • One Metlink brand for travel, recognised across our whole region.
  • Journeys on buses, trains and ferries are forecast to increase from 38 million to 42 million trips a year, between now and 2024.
  • Brand new buses in Metlink colours of lime and yellow.
  • Snapper will provide the best value in fares – cash will be at least 25% more expensive.
  • Free Metlink bus-to-bus transfers within a 30 minute window when using a Snapper card.
  • Over 250 specially built low emission buses on the road across Wellington region from 15 July 2018. Another 90 new buses on the road in early 2019.
  • Bus fleet will include 60 new double decker buses in Wellington to help reduce congestion, including 10 fully electric double deckers from mid-2018 and another 22 by 2021. 

Posted on 1 May 2018