A new public bus service between Warkworth and the Silverdale park ‘n’ ride won’t start before July next year.
Although Auckland Transport (AT) was expected to release a draft timetable early this year, this won’t happen now until early next year.
An AT spokesperson says consultation on the timetable will happen about six months out from the service’s launch.
At this stage, it’s envisaged that the service will start at the current main bus stop in Baxter Street, outside the old Masonic Hall, with stops along Whitaker Road.
Stops along State Highway 1 would be subject to approval from the New Zealand Transport Agency, especially from a safety perspective.
“There are no specific proposals for car parking as yet, but AT recognises that there will be demand for park and ride, which is likely to require a dedicated facility,” the spokesperson says.
“We are planning to provide a seven day a week service, subject to funding. The affordability of this, and the scale of the service generally, will not be able to be confirmed until the tendering process has been completed and we have a clearer indication of our likely budget for 2018/19.”
The Warkworth bus service will be included in AT’s North Shore and Hibiscus Coast contracts.
Meanwhile, the Kowhai Connection service contract with Gubbs has been extended until the new network is launched on the Hibiscus Coast and North Shore, set for July 2018. No changes are proposed to the service until the new Network North is in place.