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Published: 2004-04-21 00:00:00

Moves are underway to trial a bus passenger service in Taupo as part of Environment Waikato’s and Taupo District Council’s Long-Term Council Community Plans.

Environment Waikato is planning to start up a trial service in July subject to funding approval from Transfund and Taupo District Council. The service is expected to cost $75,000 a year with bus fares recovering some of the cost.

Environment Waikato Transport Operations Co-ordinator Noel Burnie said the plan was to operate two return services in the town six days a week. Funding for the proposal looked promising. A southern service would operate from Rainbow Point via Richmond Heights into town at 7.30am and 10.30am, with returns at 1.30pm and 5.15pm for town commuters.

A northern service would leave Nukuhau at 8.15am and 1.15am travelling into town and return at 2.15pm and 4.30pm. Environment Waikato is working with Taupo District Council on the route, stops along the way and service times.

The demand for a bus passenger service in Taupo was identified as a result of a recent Taupo District Council community survey. The two authorities have been working together since then to get the service up and running.

Environment Waikato’s Long-Term Council Community Plan is open for public submissions until Friday, May 14. It can be viewed on Environment Waikato’s website, www.ew.govt.nz or copies can be obtained from Environment Waikato's Freephone 0800 800 401. Taupo District Council’s Long-Term Council Community Plan closes on May 7.