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Published: 2007-05-28 00:00:00

Rugby fans can soothe the stresses involved with big match fever by parking in town and taking a free bus to and from the upcoming All Blacks-Canada game in Hamilton.

Before kick off at Waikato Stadium on Saturday 16 June, buses organised by Environment Waikato will be running from opposite the Knox St carpark in Hamilton to the ground every 10 minutes from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, via Victoria, Ulster and Abbotsford Sts. They will pick up passengers at all official bus stops along the way.

Buses will depart directly after the final whistle on Tristram Street near the Mill St intersection. The buses will travel back to the CBD via Anglesea, Knox and Victoria Sts. Drop offs will be made at any official bus stop.

EW’s land transport operations manager, Russell Turnbull, said that Environment Waikato, Hamilton City Council and the Waikato Rugby Union were jointly funding the service as it was important to provide good transport connections to these big games.

“Previous shuttle users like the simplicity of not worrying about car parking around the stadium. Catching the shuttle gives rugby fans a great option to have a meal before the game and a few celebratory drinks, hopefully, afterwards.”

Mr Turnbull said that people going to the match could consider leaving their car at home full stop. The city’s normal buses and Night Rider buses can get most Hamilton fans to and from the big game quite easily.

For more information on getting to and from the rugby by bus, fans can phone 0800 4 busline or visit www.busit.co.nz.