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Published: 2001-08-13 00:00:00

The number of people using Hamilton city buses has increased 8.6 percent in the past year, with one new service increasing more than 30 percent.

This week’s Environment Waikato Regional Passenger Transport Subcommittee heard the number of people using buses was increasing steadily in most areas. Areas showing the largest increases included Claudelands (31.5 percent) where the use by children had also increased 46 percent, Silverdale (up 13 percent), Dinsdale (up 11 percent), Hillcrest (up 9.2 percent), Frankton (up 8.3 percent) and Eastern Circular (up 6.4 percent).

Only one area showed a drop – Bremworth, which dropped 11.5 percent and 43 percent in child fares. Some areas, including Chartwell, Te Rapa, Flagstaff and Hillcrest, showed a drop in child fares. These also corresponded to areas where some high schools had put on their own buses for students.

The increases indicated the need to look at expanding services to Sundays and later at night, and the need to get children interested in travelling by bus.

Hamilton City Council figures indicated a major increase in the numbers using the Transport Centre.