The Hawke's Bay Regional Council's public transport service GoBay is launching a new service linking Bay View and Napier from this coming Monday.

The service will be available six days a week, four times a day linking Bay View with Napier. Council said it had been "timed to meet the needs of commuters and shoppers".

Hawke's Bay Regional Council transport co-ordinator John Adams says the new service is being launched following consultation showing strong demand from Bay View residents for a bus service to the area.

He says school students will also be able to use the new service to connect with other services at the Napier Library.


"Students can leave Bay View at 7.15am and connect to another service in plenty of time for school," Mr Adams said.

Meanwhile a number of other changes are being made to the GoBay bus services from Monday including a new 40 minute express commuter service linking Napier, Taradale, Hawke's Bay Hospital and Hastings.

Mr Adams said the express service will be particularly useful for hospital staff wanting to bus to and from work, as well as Napier people heading to Hawke's Bay Hospital for an appointment.

"Buses have been timed to meet the needs of shift workers at the hospital, so we hope this will be part of the solution to the parking issues at the hospital."

He says there will also be new Sunday services for Flaxmere and Havelock North and increased frequency on the route around Karamu and Parkvale.

He said "even more good news" is there are no fare increases this year and some are actually coming down.

"If you travel over two zones between Napier and Hastings you can expect to see cheaper fares from the end of September."