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Upper Hutt Leader : October 5th 2011
15 UPPER HUTT LEADER, OCTOBER 5, 2011 NEWS WARNING! FREE CURTAIN MAKING 72 QUEEN STREET, UPPER HUTT PHONE 526 6511 Free measure and quote • Satisfaction guaranteed Offers of FREE CURTAIN MAKING are not necessarily cheaper than a QUOTE from. . . CRIDDLES CURTAINS 3279902AW 2150018BZ Dedicated To Your Pet's Wellbeing! UPPER HUTT VETERINARY HOSPITAL & CATTERY 578 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt Tel: 528 4788 We believe in providing professional service without costly price tags. Come in and see us today: you'll notice the difference! Going Away for Christmas? Haven't Found that home away from home for your Cats to stay? We are taking bookings for Christmas and New Years now. Spacious and sunny rooms. Dedicated Staff and competitive pricing. Upper Hutt bridge results Last week s Upper Hutt Bridge Club results: Monday N/S A Duncan, M Renner; E/W C Dick, M Sims; Wed. N/S H Otte, J Pouw; E/W J Durham, R Lynn; Thursday N/S K Jackson, C Shapcott; E/W S Pattison, B Pritchard; Friday N/S C Brown, M O Callaghan; E/W C Audrey, F Turner. Increase in fares targets multi-trips Many Wellington bus and train fares will increase from November 1 to meet increasing public trans- port costs. The increase was due to take effect from September 1 but was postponed because negotiations with some operators took longer than expected. Peter Glensor, chairman of Greater Wellington s economic wellbeing committee, which over- sees public transport, said the focus of this year s fare increase was on multi-trip or stored value card (eg Snapper) fares. About two-thirds of all public transport trips are made with multi-trip tickets or cards. These fares will increase gen- erally by about 5 per cent, which will give us an overall increase in revenue of about 3 per cent. This will allow us to keep rates down. He said his council decided a few years ago to try to increase different fares in different years to ensure the impact of fare increas- es was as fair as possible. Last year, the fares for single cash trips and trips for more than 11 zones increased. Fares also increased with the new GST rate. This year we re increasing multi-trip fares. Historic Johnsonville train fare anomalies will also be removed from November 1. This brings Johnsonville fares into line with all other standard three zone fares. It also reflects the invest- ment that has been made in the line in recent years. Special stadium train fares will increase by $2 per round trip for adults and $1 for children. Mr Glensor said the minimum fare on the Wairarapa train for journeys into Wellington from Upper Hutt, Waterloo and Petone had been removed permanently. It was removed temporarily earlier this year when we were experiencing serious overcrowding problems on the Hutt Valley line. Clearly the change was well- received and does not seem to have caused any problems for Wairarapa passengers, so the minimum fare will not be rein- stated on these trips. But the Wairarapa train mini- mum fare remains in place for all journeys from Wellington to the Hutt Valley. He said fare increases were needed to meet the ongoing and increasing costs of Wellington s public transport network. We know, and have had this reiterated to us earlier this year through submissions on the annual plan, that one of the things people in the Wellington region want most of all is a high-quality, modern and convenient public transport network. As a council we are absolutely committed to providing this, but for a relatively small population such as Wellington s the costs are huge. We try, through regular fare increases, to share these costs as fairly as possible. For more information about the fare changes, people can pick up a copy of the new Metlink Fares and Tickets brochure, available from Metlink stockists from Monday, October 17. 4092371AA Draw yourself in Santa's sleigh to be in to WIN the chance to ride with Santa in the 2011 Santa Parade! For up to 10 years of age. Entries close Friday 28 October 2011. All entries to the Upper Hutt Leader, 154 Main Street, Upper Hutt or post to PO Box 40001, Upper Hutt.
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