Improved Waimakariri bus services starting 24 April 2017
Waimakariri District’s population has grown substantially, and continues to do so. We have reviewed the public transport services as part of the wider Northern Access Package to cater for the increased demand, and ensure they are going where people work and live.
As a result we will:
- increase the frequency of some of our bus services
- introduce more express services to speed up trips
- alter some existing routes to improve coverage
Timetables and maps for the improved services will be available in April. Keep an eye on this page for them.
Bus service changes
The frequency of the Blue Line will increase to and from Waimakariri at peak times. There will now be a bus every 10 minutes to the city between 6.30am and 7.30am weekdays as well as additional buses for the rest of the morning and afternoon peak times.
More express trips
There will be twice as many express services to make journeys quicker – seven on weekday mornings and nine on weekday afternoons, sixteen in total. Express trips to the city will not pick up any passengers after Factory Rd, Belfast (drop offs only) and express trips to Rangiora will not drop anyone off before Factory Rd, Belfast (pick ups only).
Route change to connect with Park and Ride facility in Silverstream
The Blue Line will travel the existing route through Rangiora, then via Flaxton Rd and Skewbridge Rd into Silverstream to service the new Park and Ride facility. It will then travel via Ohoka Rd to Williams St in Kaiapoi to continue the current route to the city and Princess Margaret Hospital.
Rangiora Park and Ride
Silverstream Park and Ride
Park and Ride means you can drive, or cycle, to these spots and then jump on a bus for the rest of your journey. Both Park and Ride facilities are free of charge, you will just need to pay your bus fare as you board.
Benefits of Park and Ride:
- Save money
- Avoid traffic queues by using bus lanes
- Easy access to public transport services
- Sit back and relax for your trip to the city – don’t worry about queues, roadworks or finding a car park
- Get to know your neighbours
- Do your bit to help reduce congestion and keep Waimakariri moving
The two Park and Ride facilities are small scale and use existing parking to test how well it works locally. If it is successful, there is funding available from the Waimakariri District Council to build larger, purpose-specific Park and Ride facilities at other locations in the future to cater for more vehicles.
95 City - Pegasus and Waikuku
There have been some changes to the proposed Waimakariri shuttle and 95 Waikuku and Pegasus service. Both routes were originally intended to travel down Kaiapoi Pa Rd, between Waikuku and Pegasus. However, that road is no longer going to be sealed so will be unsuitable for buses, and the proposed routes had to be amended. The proposed Waimakariri shuttle will now be combined with the 95 service to the city.
The route through Pegasus will be extended to improve coverage of this area. The route through Woodend will travel straight down SH1 to make the trip quicker and more direct.
During peak times buses will run every half an hour to take Pegasus, Woodend and Kaiapoi residents directly to and from the central city (6-8am and 2.30-5.30pm). At all other times between 6am - 9pm weekdays and 8am - 9pm weekends the 95 service will be an hourly service.
More express trips
There will be more 95 express trips on weekday mornings and afternoons to speed up travel and two express trips on Saturday mornings and afternoons. These express trips will start and finish in Waikuku travelling via Pegasus, Woodend and Kaiapoi. However there will not be any trips to Waikuku during the day due to low usage currently. Express trips to the city will not pick up any passengers after Factory Rd, Belfast (drop offs only) and express trips to Pegasus and Waikuku will not drop anyone off before Factory Rd, Belfast (pick ups only).
951 Kaiapoi – Pegasus & 952 Kaiapoi – Waikuku
The current 951 Kaiapoi – Pegasus and 952 Kaiapoi - Waikuku services will no longer operate as they will be replaced by the improved 95 that travels to the city.
960 Rangiora – Airport and Hornby
The 960 commuter service to connect Waimakariri, the Airport and Hornby was introduced during 2016 as the first part of the proposed improvements to the Waimakariri bus services. It connects to both Park and Ride facilities in Rangiora and Kaiapoi. It will keep operating as is with no changes made to the route or schedule.
Your metrocard is the cheaper way to go
We recommend to anyone who doesn’t already use a Metrocard to get one as it’ll save you at least 30 per cent on your travel plus it gives you a set price for daily and weekly travel. By using a Metrocard, you’re paying the cheapest bus fare possible. It also helps speed up boarding times which helps everyone on the bus to get to their destination on time.
After the fare review in 2016 we have simplified the zones so all of Waimakariri now falls into zone two.
|Within Zone 2
|Crossing Zones 1 & 2
More about fares and zones.
Any more questions?
Call us on (03) 366 88 55 or email MetroReview@ecan.govt.nz