An antidote to seasonal stress is on the way for Christmas shoppers in Taranaki - extra Saturday bus services to make gift-buying expeditions easier.
For the next three Saturdays, extra bus services are available on Citylink routes in urban New Plymouth plus Bell Block and Waitara, and on the Connector service linking Opunake and Hāwera with New Plymouth via Normanby, Eltham, Midhurst, Stratford, Inglewood and Egmont Village.
Timetable and route details are available at www.taranakibus.info(external link).
Five or six Saturday services will run for those in New Plymouth, Bell Block or Waitara, plus a morning service from Opunake through to Hāwera and on to New Plymouth, returning in the afternoon.
“It’s a great opportunity tackle Christmas shopping minus traffic and parking hassles,” says Chris Clarke, Transport Services Manager for the Taranaki Regional Council which provides the services through its contractors Tranzit Coachlines and Pickering Motors.
“A bus ride to town can a fun family outing, better than a stressful ordeal in a hot car caught in traffic and going nowhere fast. If you’ve never given the buses a go before, this might be the time to try.”
Chris says the services are part of the Council’s focus on improving lifestyles for Taranaki people. “If these services are well supported, we will be able to offer more in future years.”