Bus services end at west Auckland street after more than 60 years

The 087 Metro bus to Ranui on its last drive along Pomaria Road on June 10.
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The 087 Metro bus to Ranui on its last drive along Pomaria Road on June 10.

Back in the day ABC-branded buses used to stop along Pomaria Rd.

But now, after more than half a century, the four bus stops on the Henderson street are no more. 

The bus stops had their last visiting buses come through on a cold winter June 10 evening.

The ABC buses used to service Henderson and New Lynn, including Pomaria Rd, in the 1970s.
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The ABC buses used to service Henderson and New Lynn, including Pomaria Rd, in the 1970s.

"We will miss it," Henderson resident Albert Chan, 70, said. 

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"For a long time, it was part of the main route to Ranui and Swanson ... since the 1950s." 

Buses stopped servicing Pomaria Rd from June 11. Residents have to catch their bus from another street now.
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Buses stopped servicing Pomaria Rd from June 11. Residents have to catch their bus from another street now.

They were bus stops 5810, 5795, 5812 and 5797 on 6, 7, 52 and 53 Pomaria Rd.  

AT Metro buses 135, 136, 087 and 097 frequently serviced these stops for more than 10 years, and before that private bus company Auckland Bus Company (ABC). 

Auckland Transport's spokesman Mark Hannan said the Pomaria Rd bus stops closed as a result of the new west Auckland bus network, which was rolled out on June 11. 

Henderson resident Albert Chan remembers how the buses used to go through Pomaria Rd for more than 40 years.
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Henderson resident Albert Chan remembers how the buses used to go through Pomaria Rd for more than 40 years.

He said it was to reduce the duplication of services in the area. 

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"These routes were around before Auckland Transport," Hannan said. 

"Our bus infrastructure team call the two shelters 'CAM Classics' from about the last 10 years."

Former Pomaria Rd resident Jackie Rogers said she caught the bus from the bus stops for 37 years.
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Former Pomaria Rd resident Jackie Rogers said she caught the bus from the bus stops for 37 years.

Henderson resident Chan had caught the buses going into Pomaria Rd since 1973.

"I used to catch it from Riverpark Crescent, and it used to go into Pomaria Rd you see... that was before Universal Drive had an exit," Chan said. 

"It was the ABC buses back then ... buses used to come from Lincoln Rd, Henderson into Pomaria Rd, turn into Rathgar Rd and then onto Larnoch Rd to get to Swanson."

Former Pomaria Rd resident Jackie Rogers, 45, caught buses at the Pomaria stops for 37 years.

She attended Pomaria Primary School but used public transport to get to Henderson Town Centre and New Lynn.

"I first caught the bus on Pomaria Rd when I was eight-years-old with my four siblings," Rogers said.

"My mum didn't drive so public transport was one of the main means of getting around."

Pomaria Rd residents now have to rely on stops at 103 Rathgar Rd for buses 142, 14w, and at 120 or 170 Lincoln Rd stops for bus 14t to get to Henderson. 

For travel to Ranui, residents have to catch the bus from 108 Rathgar Rd for buses 141 and 142. 

There were also bus options from Central Park Drive and Larnoch Rd to get to nearby suburbs and the city.

AT's Hannan said they have placed posters at the affected bus stops to advise customers of the changes.

 

 - Stuff

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