Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown is pleased that Newlands Coach Services has joined in the Christmas spirit. “People from Johnsonville, Newlands, Tawa and other northern suburbs as well as other parts of Wellington city can enjoy a cheaper and longer visit to our downtown shops, events and waterfront.
“Make a real day of it and enjoy some food, drink and free museums and galleries.”
Chris Laidlaw, Chair of Greater Wellington Regional Council, is delighted that Newlands bus users will also get cheaper fares. “The more people who are encouraged to leave their cars at home and take the bus instead, the better.”
Councillor Andy Foster, Chair of the Transport and Urban Development Committee is keen to see more people using this service and is interested in the level of take-up.
“There are a lot of wonderful things happening in Wellington over the month leading into Christmas, we want this trial to bring more people into their city.”
Cheaper weekend fares will be available on the following Newlands bus routes:
- 52 Newlands/Paparangi
- 53 Johnsonville West
- 54 Churton Park
- 55 Grenada Village
Cheaper weekend fares will be available on the following GO Wellington bus routes:
- 1 Island Bay
- 2 Miramar
- 3 Karori – Lyall Bay
- 7 Kingston
- 11 Seatoun
- 14 Wilton – Rongotai
- 23 Southgate/Houghton Bay – Mairangi
- 43, 44 Khandallah – Strathmore
Wellington City Council has budgeted $200,000 for this initiative. Fares can be paid by cash, with a Snapper card on GO Wellington buses, or a Newlands travel card on Newlands buses. The changes exclude after midnight services, Airport Flyer, Valley Flyer, Mana, Newlands route 210 (Johnsonville – Titahi Bay), and Tranz Metro services.