Bus upgrade programme brings fleet in line with Metlink standards for customers

MetLink Buses DSC03478 1182 LRNZ Bus will be upgrading 34 of its buses over the next six months to give customers a more consistent experience across the network by bringing them in line with the Metlink brand and internal layout standards.

The completion of the programme is due at the end of February 2021. Customers will still be able to use Snapper for on-board payment and track the buses on Real Time Information boards at stops and on the Metlink website and app.

NZ Bus and Metlink have identified the most optimal way to upgrade the buses without losing any capacity on routes. Initially, there will be one bus taken out of service to develop a proof of concept for the upgrade work programme. From there five buses will be in the upgrade programme at a time, each bus will take approximately four weeks to complete.

While these upgrades take place, Metlink customers will see a number of interim single-door buses, previously used for the Airport Flyer, out and about on the network and will have some Metlink branding applied. 

We will continue to work closely with NZ Bus to get the upgraded buses back on the road as they are completed and to ensure the replacement buses are running as effectively and efficiently as possible.