Train stops stay for now

Last updated 05:00 10/12/2013

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The future of two South Auckland train stations remains up in the air but changes to bus routes in the area have been decided.

Auckland Transport is still considering the future of Te Mahia and Westfield stations after receiving submissions on its revamp of public transport in the area.

But it has altered many of its proposed bus routes after receiving 1100 submissions and three petitions from the public about its New Network.

Twenty of the 28 proposed routes have been changed.

In addition, one new route has been created and one existing route retained, creating 30 routes in the South Auckland New Network, which will be introduced in mid-2015.

Public transport network manager Anthony Cross says 56 per cent of the submitters supported the changes and 22 per cent were opposed.

"On such a large scale as this we understand the final routes will not please everyone," he says.

"But we believe we have genuinely listened to what people said.

"We have had to make some trade-offs, we took things on board and where necessary or possible we made changes to improve the network to suit people's needs."

Part of the reason for the change is the existing bus network which is considered complex and often duplicates train routes.

The new, more frequent network service will have trains and buses timetabled at least every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week.

They will be supported by a network of connector routes and local and peak services.

A comprehensive public information campaign will be carried out before any services change.

Other parts of Auckland will be consulted about changes to public transport in their areas over the next few years.

Go to aucklandtransport. govt.nz for more information.

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