23 July 2018

The ‘Town Connector’ Waihi and Waihī Beach to Katikati van service will run two days a week from August 1.

Following consultation with the community and stakeholders, Bay of Plenty Regional Council decided to increase the service which started as an extension to the Katikati Shopper service in October 2015.

The 11-seater van service will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am-5pm.  A new stop has been added at Athenree Hot Pools, providing access to this popular destination six times a day.

BOPRC Transport Committee chairman, Lyall Thurston says the service is generating a lot of positivity in the communities and making it easier for those that live there to get around.

“Waihi Beach passengers are using the van to access medical services in Katikati, while many are also taking the van to visit supermarkets.”

He says they have had some great feedback from the operator who says passengers are enjoying the travel, with groups often travelling together for social outings.

The two day a week service is a trial, and will be re-evaluated at the end of the year.  The success of the trial will be measured by patronage and impact on the communities.

For a timetable visit https://www.baybus.co.nz or phone 0800 4 BAY BUS (0800 422 928)