New express bus service

17:00, Aug 28 2014

A new city-to-city express bus service will create 70 jobs when it launches in the North Island later this year.

The service will be operated by ManaBus.com, a new part of Souter Holdings' transport portfolio which already consists of five Kiwi public transport businesses in Wellington and Auckland.

Mana Coach Services chief executive Geoff Norman said the online company replicated a business model used in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe.

"The model is to offer high quality, reliable and great value public transport from city centre to city centre with limited stops and fast journey times." Fares are flexible and sales internet-based. Details around routes will be announced in coming weeks.

"We are in the final stages of planning and implementation . . . and envisage our first services being up and running by early summer."

The service will initially operate in the North Island where it is expected to create 70 new jobs. A fleet of high quality coaches is being purpose-built by Tauranga-based Kiwi Bus Builders.

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