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Published: 2007-07-25 00:00:00

Environment Waikato is again getting behind the Waikato Air New Zealand Cup rugby team by putting on free buses for the five currently scheduled home games in Hamilton.

The service – co-funded by Hamilton City Council and the Waikato Rugby Union - is designed to help fans beat the parking blues near the ground by leaving their cars in town and getting aboard a free shuttle. Fans can also leave their cars at home entirely by catching a normal bus to a free bus pick up point.

The first home match is against Southland (4 August), followed by Counties-Manukau (17 August), Canterbury (1 September), Wellington (14 September) and Northland (29 September).

The free buses will leave from Hood St outside the Knox St carpark. They will depart every 10 minutes from an hour before kick off and travel via Victoria, Ulster and Abbotsford Sts to the ground. Passengers will be picked up at any official stop 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.

Environment Waikato’s land transport operations programme manager Russell Turnbull said the free buses have proved a big hit with fans previously.

“The service is part of our strategy of providing passenger transport support for big events in Hamilton.

“And it’s also no bad thing if our service results in more fans making it to the ground to cheer on the Waikato side.”
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