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Published: 2012-01-19 00:00:00

Passengers on the 8 Frankton bus will travel for free one day next month to celebrate service improvements to the route.

From Wednesday, 1 February, the 8 Frankton becomes a key route, meaning it will operate seven days a week, as well as public holidays. There will also be an extra 18 single trips on each weekday, meaning a bus every 20 minutes across most of the day.

To celebrate, Go Bus is providing free travel for passengers on the 8 Frankton service on Sunday, 5 February.

The changes are among a number of improvements across Hamilton’s BUSIT network taking effect in February.

Regional public transport committee chairperson Paula Southgate said the changes are being introduced in response to growing patronage.

“In reviewing our network use it was evident there was growing demand from the community for more services. But with the government making it clear there is no extra money for public transport, we have had to work hard in partnership with the operator Go Bus to find the best solution for our passengers.

“The improvements to the 8 Frankton bus will be great for people wanting to shop in Frankton village or attend the Saturday markets, as well as for those commuting to and from work and school.

“The other changes coming into effect at the start of February will also deliver a better and more frequent service for passengers on a number of Hamilton’s routes,” Cr Southgate said.

The following are the other timetable improvements coming into effect from Wednesday, 1 February:

  • Additional buses will operate on the 1 Pukete, 2 Silverdale, 3 Dinsdale and 18 Te Rapa routes during busy times.  
  • The 4 Flagstaff, 5 Chartwell, 14 Claudelands and 16 Rototuna services will have staggered departure times from the transport centre in Bryce Street, improving the frequency of services between Westfield Chartwell and the city.
  • The 5 Chartwell and 14 Claudelands will be linked, meaning the 5 Chartwell bus will become a 14 Claudelands bus at Westfield Chartwell, allowing for new journey options for passengers. For example, you will be able to travel from Fairview Downs to Waikato Diocesan without having to change buses.

Visit www.busit.co.nz or call 0800 4 BUSLINE (4 2875 463) to find out more or to plan your next BUSIT journey. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest BUSIT news via our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/busitwaikato.