Weekends Not For Regulars
Some regular rail commuters are in for two more weekends when they might be best using a car or other ways to get around.
Emails are already coming in to AKT complaining that they are again feeling like being treated like second-class citizens as it’s all about sports fans getting to Eden Park.
The February 19 Super 15 Blues vs Crusaders match at Eden Park was the first real dry run for the RWC 2011 and saw regulars caught by surprise because of a messy bus-train replacement which saw trains going to Morningside from the West and taking a short cut from Britomart to Kingsland to accommodate the rugby fans.
It’s now been noted on the Maxx site that the same is happening for the next 2 weekends.
Date: Saturday 12 and 19 March
Place: Between Britomart and Morningside Stations
Time: Approximately 4:30pm to 11:00pm
Due to the Warriors and Blues games at Eden Park, rail bus replacement services will be in place between Britomart Station and Morningside Station on 12 and 19 March.
Rail buses travelling from Britomart will continue west towards Waitakere after Morningside Station and will be drop off only from Morningside Station onwards.
Patrons travelling from between Britomart and Morningside to a train station west of Morningside Station will need to remain on the rail bus services for the full journey.
Here are the timetables: Morningside to Britomart
Britomart to Waitakere (Drop off ONLY to Morningside)
It’s understandable many of us are going to be put out of our routine in some way by the RWC.
That’s part of the deal of a city having to accommodate a major sporting event.
But here’s a bit of advice to the authorities based on the emails in here after the last event and today:
1. Your regulars keep your service profitable. Rugby fans get free travel and have no commitment to using rail or public transport on any other occasion. They might not even be from Auckland.
2. Piss your regulars off at your peril. They have chosen rail as their means to get around but tend to be vocal and march with their feet in protest as we have seen with fare rises on occasions.
3. Communicate. Regulars were badly caught short last time and got very frustrated if not angry. They won’t necessarily be hunting through Maxx’s not overly user-friendly site to find out if there any changes this and next weekend. Some use trains at the weekend because they have to work weekends, something they are already not happy about but need to ensure they get to work ontime on an already limited weekend timetable.
4. Is this really the only way to do this?