Support is growing among Tauranga City councillors for taking over the city's bus service from Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

There were heavy criticisms levelled at the city's recently redesigned bus network at a Tauranga City Council meeting on Wednesday.

Responsibility for the city's bus network is currently split between the city and regional councils.

As the local roading authority, the city council controls bus infrastructure such as shelters, bus lanes and interchanges while Bay of Plenty Regional Council sets the routes and timetables.

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Tauranga councillors say the city's bus service could be better managed. Photo / File
Tauranga councillors say the city's bus service could be better managed. Photo / File

The regional council has a nine-year contract with NZ Bus to provide the service - including