Auckland Transport (AT) implemented the New (Central Bus) Network in July 2018, without the 191 route they had promised in 2016.
After consulting with the community in 2015, AT committed to the new 191 bus route to link Lynfield-Blockhouse Bay-New Lynn in 2016. A map including the new 191 route was produced and the ‘Consultation Summary & Decisions Report’ said “The Puketapapa Local Board has advocated for a bus service to link Lynfield with Blockhouse Bay… This is able to be accommodated by extending the limited (hourly) local service route 191”.
This was great news, as many years ago, when the old Auckland City was deciding between putting a new library at Blockhouse Bay or Lynfield, they had gone with Blockhouse Bay and promised Lynfield a bus link that was never delivered.
Since then, Lynfield’s population has increased and with the new Ryman’s village will grow even more. Yet with the loss of services such as banks and a pharmacy and no access to a library and civic services, this link to Blockhouse Bay is even more needed now than when it was first promised many years ago.
However, AT changed their mind about the 191 route, which now will not go ahead.
To get to the west Lynfield residents have to catch a bus towards the city and another back out, an unlikely scenario given the large steep hill and long walk involved which disregards people with mobility issues. It’s likely to result in some people driving more, and for others, social isolation.
The Puketapapa Local Board and local MP Michael Wood have petitioned AT to keep their word to Lynfield and re-instate this important local service as promised.