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A bus service from Levin to Waikanae is set to roll out for a two-year trial period.

After the wheels almost came off when the Greater Wellington Regional Council did not include it in its passenger transport plan in August 2016, the bus service is now ready to move from March 7.

The bus route crosses a regional boundary and now Greater Wellington and Horizons Regional Council were now both contributing $12,500 a year toward the project.

Horizons transport planner Jayme Anderson said the joint venture, operated by Uzabus, will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The service was timed to connect with the Metro trains into Wellington and provided a way for Levin shoppers to get to Waikanae.

Horowhenua District Council community services manager Denise Kidd said the Older Persons Network supported increased affordable and accessible public transport options such as the Levin-to-Waikanae service.

“[Transport] is a particular issue for older people living in the Horowhenua district,” Kidd said.

The council was not funding the service, but it looked forward to the service starting in March, Kidd said.

SuperGold Card holders could travel for free between 9am to 3pm and from 6.30pm on weekdays, as well as on weekends and public holidays.

We have previously proposed a diesel railcar service between Waikanae and Palmerston North, and think that is preferable to this proposal — but it’s better than nothing.