New service connects Waihi Beach, Waihi and Katikati

It’s hoped changes to the Waihī Beach bus trial will improve the service and make it more useful to the community.

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Bay of Plenty regional Council has been trialling a bus service for the Waihī Beach community since October 2015, however feedback from the community had suggested that the bus timings were preventing people from using it.

Garry Maloney, Transport Policy Manager at the Regional Council, said rather than have the town lose the service, staff had gone back to the community to seek feedback on how it could be improved.

“In July staff went back to the community and there was a feeling that the timetable as it stands was not working for those who were not able to be ready to leave town by 9am,” he said. “It also needed to be able to connect the Waihi Beach and Athenree communities with Waihī and Katikati, so that people could access health services, and finally, they preferred not to have to have a whole day away from home – they preferred to be able to make shorter trips.”

As a result, the new Town Connector is a circular route which will travel between Waihī, Waihī Beach and Katikati every Thursday from 5 October, replacing the existing Waihī Beach Trial (route 82a) which ends on Friday 29 September.

The new service is contracted by Bay of Plenty Regional Council and will complement the area’s existing bus services between Katikati, Ōmokoroa and Tauranga.

“Those wishing to continue a weekly trip from Waihī or Waihī Beach to Tauranga will benefit from the alignment of the Town Connector and Katikati Shopper timetables, allowing seamless travel on Thursdays.”