19 Jun 2013

Public transport revamp in South Auckland

8:36 am on 19 June 2013

An overhaul of public transport in South Auckland will be unveiled on Wednesday, but commuters will have to wait 18 months for the improvements.

The south will be the first part of Auckland to have bus routes simplified, with more-frequent services and better connections.

More buses will feed the rail network for the longer haul into central Auckland.

Community leaders say the changes reflect the needs of some of the city's poorest areas.

Auckland Transport wants feedback.

The changes won't occur for 18 months until a regionwide ticketing system is in place, new electric trains are in service and a bus and rail interchange is built at Otahuhu.