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Environment Waikato gets ready for special events

Environment Waikato has confirmed passenger transport preparations are well underway in advance of the World Rowing Championships, in October and November 2010 and the Rugby World Cup, in September and October 2011.

Reporting to the July meeting of the Regional Passenger Transport Committee, Bevan Dale, programme manager, land transport operations advised staff are working with Hamilton City Council and event organisers to provide passenger transport for the World Rowing Championships. Athletes and support personnel from 50 participating countries are expected to draw thousands of spectators daily to Lake Karapiro’s Mighty River Power domain.

Traffic will be limited to bus access only with park and ride facilities made available at both northern and southern ends of the venue. Traffic management for the event will start on SH1 at Taupiri in the north, and the intersection of SH29 and SH1 in the south.

The passenger transport plan will provide for a minimum of 800 passengers and a maximum of 1,000 daily depending on the event schedule. In addition, organisers have arranged 20 buses for athlete transport, 70 buses and 70 minivans have been contracted by individual participating countries directly with the official event bus operator, Go Bus Limited, and charter buses from schools and tour groups will also be allowed access to the venue. Depending on the event timetable, this means up to 200 buses may be at the venue each day.

Special bus fares will range from single day to entire event passes. More detail will be provided once the timetable is confirmed. "With roads for buses only it makes for a speedy and convenient way for people to get to the venue," said Mr Dale.

The recent All Blacks v Wales rugby game held at Waikato stadium presented the perfect opportunity to trial passenger transport plans for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Environment Waikato buses already operate to provide spectator bus transport for all games at Waikato stadium and an extended route for the CBD shuttle will be provided for Rugby World Cup games in Hamilton. Staff will continue to work with Hamilton city council on traffic management planning for the 2011 event.

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