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Published: 2012-12-14 00:00:00

Hassle free travel is the aim of a new bus service being trialled by Waikato Regional Council to get people to two of Hamilton’s premier attractions.

The 29 Lake and Gardens service begins on New Year’s Day. It will depart from the transport centre every day five times a day, arriving at Lake Rotoroa near the cafe, returning to the transport centre and then travelling to the Hamilton Gardens. 

The timetable is available on the BUSIT website (www.busit.co.nz) or from the transport centre. 

The council’s public transport operations manager Edwin Swaris said, “We’ve had feedback from people arriving in the city for a day and looking for places to visit by bus. 

“The lake and gardens are among Hamilton’s most popular free destinations for residents and tourists alike, and this new route will provide a great direct service seven days a week.” 

Pushchairs and buggies are able to travel on buses, but may need to be folded up if space is limited. 

The council’s public transport operations team is working closely with Hamilton City Council to improve passenger facilities at both the lake and gardens. 

The new service replaces the Hamilton Gardens stops made by the 10 Hillcrest and 17 Hamilton East Uni buses. 

Meanwhile, passengers are reminded that bus fares will rise by 5 per cent on 1 January 2013 – it’s the first time in more than two years the fares have been increased. 

For passengers in Hamilton, the percentage increase will result in a rise of 10 cents for a child fare and between 10 and 20 cents for an adult. 

Fares will rise by between 5 and 30 cents for children and 10 and 40 cents for adults on the council’s rural services, which include Te Awamutu, Cambridge, Huntly, Raglan, Paeroa/Morrinsville and Taupo.