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Published: 2005-06-08 00:00:00

Going to the rugby this weekend – but want to leave your car at home?

Environment Waikato is providing the answer with a special shuttle service from central Hamilton to the Waikato Stadium this weekend for the Lions game and next weekend for the Warriors game.

The shuttle bus will run from the Transport Centre around the city to the stadium in Hamilton North from 5.30 pm before the game and for an hour or so after the game is over to get everyone home again. It will stop at bus stops along the length of Victoria Street, Hood Street, Bryce Street and Norton Road on the way to the stadium.

Passengers can take their regular bus into town and ask for a stadium transfer ticket which will get them onto the stadium bus free. A $2 ticket to get home will also include a transfer ticket that can be used on any of the city’s late night services. Central city passengers pay $2 one way from any of the bus stops through the city out to the stadium.

The Council is trialling the service to encourage people to use buses for major events in the city, leaving their cars at home. Hamilton Councillor Paula Southgate said the service would reduce congestion on city roads and around the stadium, and ensure people got safely to and from the game, especially if they wanted to celebrate in city bars afterwards.