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Published: 2014-11-06 00:00:00

To celebrate Hamilton turning 150 years old this year, Waikato Regional Council is giving everyone $1.50 bus fares on Saturday 22 November.

The city party marks 150years since European settlers arrived in Hamilton and runs from 3pm-9pm.

“It’s fantastic to be able to support this celebration and give people an affordable alternative to getting into the city for the festivities, as well as encourage people who might not have travelled by bus to give it a go,” said the council’s public transport operations manager, Ben Barlow.

“All bus travel within the city boundary is being set at $1.50 that day – whether you’re attending the party or not, so visit to plan your journey,” Mr Barlow said.

SuperGold card holders and children aged under five years will still travel for free.

Most urban services on the weekend run until about 6pm, so the regional council is putting on extra Night Rider buses to allow people to bus to and from the event in the evening.

The Night Rider services will depart from Anglesea Street outside the old Farmers building (Night Rider East) and outside Freedom (Night Rider West) until midnight. The 1am, 2am and 3am services will depart from the normal terminus on the corner of Victoria and Hood streets.

Meanwhile, as a result of road closures taking place in the central city there will be diversions for a number of buses.

The 2 Silverdale, 10 Hillcrest, 13 University, 29 Lake and Gardens and Cambridge buses will be diverted along Anglesea St. Bus stops on Victoria St between the Celebrating Age Centre and Bryce St, and Collingwood Street between Victoria St and Anglesea St will be closed from 10am for the remainder of the day, Saturday 22 November.

The CBD shuttle runs between 9am and 1pm on Saturdays and will travel a revised route on the day of the party: Anglesea St, Bridge St, Victoria St, Knox St, Anglesea St, Bryce St, Victoria St, Liverpool St, Anglesea St. Stops on Victoria St between Knox St and Bryce St won’t be served, neither will stops on Caro, Alexandra or Hood streets.