Regulars Get Raw Deal
Regular commuters travelling home on the Western Line services tomorrow night once again get the raw deal because of the Blues game at Eden Park.
Auckland Transport is advising them to come home as early as possible from work – and regular train services won’t run between 830pm and 11pm. Regulars will have to use a bus replacement.
Auckland Transport says: “The replacement of regular services is needed to move large numbers of people.”
Auckland Transport Public Transport Operations Manager Mark Lambert says that “although every effort is made to minimise disruption for regular commuters, the increased demand for public transport means people need to be patient or think about changing their travel routines.”
Understandable but does this mean every rugby game or “major event” such as a concert from now on will see regulars bumped?
And if we are honest, what does it really say about how inadequate our public transport system is that there is not enough capacity for it to deal with both regular travel and a rugby match?
And how will employers feel being told staff need to leave early on a Friday because there is a rugby match on and the trains can’t cope with the extra numbers?
For the game – extra services will run to Kingsland from Britomart, in addition to normal timetabled services every 15 minutes on the Western Line. The special event services stop only at Grafton Station before terminating at Kingsland.
Trains and special events buses are free with a match ticket from 4.30pm.
An additional game day service along the southern line from Papakura at 6.08pm will go direct from Newmarket to Kingsland. For all other journeys on the southern and eastern lines passengers are advised to use normal scheduled services to Britomart and then catch a special event train to Kingsland.
Trains will be leaving Kingsland station for Britomart every five minutes after the game and from Morningside for the west every 10 minutes.
Free special event buses to Eden Park will run every 10 minutes from Auckland CBD, every 10 minutes from Newmarket via Mt Eden and every 15 minutes from Albany Station along the Northern Busway. Special event buses also run from Takapuna and Manukau/Pakuranga/Botany.
And it’s not good news for the poor old residents on Friday night . They may become prisoners in their homes.
“Some roads around Eden Park will be closed to the public. Every effort will be made to ensure access for residents and their visitors. However depending on crowd size and movement, access may be restricted at the discretion of Auckland Transport and the police.”
This is a Blues game. What will the RWC 2011 be like coping with regular train commuters on a regular basis?