RWC 2011 Transport Plans
More details have been revealed about transport arrangements and expectations during the Rugby World Cup 2011 period in Auckland later this year.
They include closure of Quay Street at one point because of the Queens Wharf Party Central celebrations, public transport services going until 1.30am after matches and changes to Western Line rail service timetables on match days.
Bruce Barnard, the RWC programme Transport Director gave a presentation to the open session of today’s Auckland Transport meeting and said:
For Eden Park they’re expecting:
- Free rail travel for those attending matches 3 hours before the game (gates open 2 hours before although just over 3 for corporate boxes) and 3 hours post the event to clear the match-goers
- Free travel for those on the special event buses – 3 hours before the match and one hour after the match
Patronage estimates are:
- Rail Kingsland-CBD (14,500 people), Morningside-west (1500)
- Special event bus: North Shore, 40 buses (2300); Takapuna 12 buses (600); Manukau / Botany / Pakuranga 12 buses (500); Newmarket /Mt Eden 11 buses (800)
- 220 coaches (12,000)
- Cars 6400 vehicles (16,000)
- Walking (3000)
- Special event buses from Midtown – 44 nuses (4800)
- Taxis (3000)
North Harbour Stadium:
No rail. Free travel on special event buses 3 hours prior, one hour after the game
- Special Buses – 111 buses, Midtown/Downtown (6200)
- Takapuna/North Shore – 54 buses (4400)
- Manukau / Botany /Pakuranga -10 buses (400)
- Henderson – 12 buses (500)
- Orewa -5 buses (200)
- Bush Rd shuttle – 12 buses (1000)
- Coaches -(1000)
- Taxi (500)
- Walking (150)
As reported on AKT yesterday, this weekend sees a trial for the Eden Park Super 15 Blues versus Crusaders match of 2 trains running in the same direction.
Other tests of transport leading up to the RWC 2010 will be:
- NRL pre-season Warriors v Manly Feb 26
- Warriors v Eels March 12
- Super 15 matches (test for public transport)
- Bledisloe Cup August 8 (full and last trial as Eden Park expected to be at capacity)
The Auckland Transport chair noted at the meeting that there would be no free travel offered for the Warriors league fans attending those matches and he was concerned they may get vocal asking why rugby fans got free travel but not league.
This was explained as the cost of the free travel was paid by the rugby and world cup authorities.
There would be some further discussion with league authorities as to whether there could be a change so league fans could also travel free.
The Party Central at Queens Wharf will operate the whole 46 days of the tournament between noon and midnight and some thought will be given to closure of the Queen St area at Quay St at midnight for an hour so those who attended can cross safely.
But the big news here is that Quay St itself will be closed between 10pm Thursday September 8 and 4am Saturday September 10.
The RWC Transport Chief told the meeting transport modes would be relocated but everyone including bus operators were OK with it. (The present Vector work disruptions going on at Quay St have certainly not made some other motorists happy).
There would also be party centrals (official name Fanzones) at the Trust stadium, Civic Lakes, Albany and the Pacific Events centrre.
As for taxis – which have drawn sharp complaints here for their often shonky practices – it was revealed that the NZTA is considering re-accrediting all Auckland area taxis from April to eliminate any such players. That is most welcome.