Free park-and-ride ser­vice to ease traf­fic

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Vis­i­tors to this year’s Show are be­ing of­fered a free park-and-ride shut­tle ser­vice to the lake­side Show­grounds. The ini­tia­tive is a trial this year, to be held on the se­cond day of the Show. It is aimed at help­ing ease traf­fic and park­ing con­ges­tion in cen­tral Wanaka as more than 35,000 peo­ple con­verge on the Wanaka Show­grounds and the ad­ja­cent Pem­broke Park for the two­day event. Driv­ers are able to park their cars on sign­posted pri­vate land on En­ter­prise Drive, off Bal­lan­tyne Rd. Two buses will run ev­ery 15 min­utes to the Wanaka Show­grounds be­tween 8.30am-5.30pm. Show or­gan­iser Jane Stalker says the move is in re­sponse to feed­back from vis­i­tors about find­ing it hard to get a car park at the event, which emerged from an in­de­pen­dent eco­nomic im­pact re­port on the 2015 Show.

‘‘We’ve taken on board that feed­back and think we’ve come up with a good so­lu­tion for our vis­i­tors. We hope peo­ple will sup­port the free shut­tle ser­vice so it can be­come a per­ma­nent fea­ture of the Show,’’ she says.

The move has also been en­dorsed by the Wanaka Po­lice, she says.

‘‘We know how busy Wanaka gets at Show week­end with peo­ple com­ing from all over New Zealand to ex­pe­ri­ence our event, so it’s good to be able to help ease the pres­sure on park­ing.’’

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