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Published: 2012-04-12 00:00:00

Waikato Regional Council’s BUSIT services operating in the Hamilton city boundary will be free for three days during the city’s final ITM400 event next week.

Additional services will also operate on many of the city’s routes over the weekend to help spectators get to and from the V8 Supercars event.

Full details of the free BUSIT services operating from Friday 20 April to Sunday 22 April are available in a special edition of the Hamilton timetable by visiting www.busit.co.nz.

Waikato Regional Council’s transport operations programme manager Edwin Swaris said the BUSIT team has been working closely with the ITM400 event organisers over the past few months.

“From the transport centre it’s just a 400 metre walk to the three race track entrances, which makes travelling by bus a hassle-free way to get to the race.

“And, thanks to the event organisers, the city’s buses and additional services over the weekend are free so you can get to and from the event without the parking hassle. For everyone else, let us do the driving so you can avoid possible traffic congestion around the city over the weekend,” Mr Swaris said.

On Friday 20 April, Night Rider buses will depart on Collingwood Street between Victoria and Alexandra Streets.

On the Saturday night, special Night Rider buses will depart from the transport centre between 9.15pm and 10.15pm to help clear INXS concert goers. Normal Night Rider buses will depart from Collingwood Street from 7.30pm until 3.30am.

Due to the special timetable in place, BUSIT’s real time information system will not be available on the Saturday and Sunday, but will be working again from Monday 23 April.

During peak hours over the three days of the ITM400, the transport centre’s public carpark may be closed to allow for the large numbers of people expected to walk to the track.

Meanwhile, the location of the Hamilton ITM400 track means there will be minor route diversions in place for the Frankton, Nawton and Raglan services.

These diversions will be in place from Thursday 19 April until Monday 23 April. Diversion maps will be available on the BUSIT website (www.busit.co.nz) or from the transport centre.

  • The 8 Frankton bus will be diverted from the transport centre along Bryce Street, Seddon Road, Marama Street, Queens Avenue, Killarney Road and Primrose Street.
  • The 9 Nawton bus will be diverted from the transport centre along Bryce Street, Victoria Street, Ulster Street and Maeroa Road.
  • The 23 Raglan bus will be diverted from the transport centre along Bryce Street, Seddon Road, Marama Street, Queens Avenue and Killarney Road.