RWC Late Trains Planned
Late Auckland rail services will be provided through to 1.30 – 2.30am on Rugby World Cup match nights.
A report to the Auckland Transport board this week says train driver numbers for each day of the operation have been developed and Veolia and KiwiRail are working together to service these requirements.
The normal Friday timetable will operate on each weekday. More frequent and later services will also operate on Saturday and Sundays.
For bus users there will be “limited changes” to normal bus routes except for higher frequencies on specific routes on Sunday.
On match nights extended bus services will be provided on 9 high capacity bus routes through to 1.00am. Higher frequency services will be provided from 10.30pm.
Nightrider services will also be enhanced on Friday and Saturday match nights and will be provided on Sunday match nights.
But AT warns that if anything goes wrong, providing regular buses the next day may be a challenge.
The report says: “Driver hours are under control based on planned requirements, however if contingency plans come into place e.g. match delays, failure of the rail network, over demand for rail requiring more buses where more buses are required then there may be impacts to following day services.”
Although ferries provide no direct link to the venues, late and enhanced services will operate on the majority of routes on match days. There will be normal services except for match nights.
Britomart Station will operate differently on match days to normal operations. The Strand will be used as a contingency station should Britomart be unavailable. The Strand railworks and upgrades to the platforms will be completed and commissioned next month.
The final pre-RWC test of transport arrangements will be at the Bledisloe Cup on August 6.
Six permanent electronic sign boards are being installed around Eden Park to pre-warn commuters of event and the need to take alternate routes.
As for the Cloud aka Party Central, Quay St will be closed from 10pm September 8 until 4am September 10 and such closure may be implemented during some of the finals. “At best it is expected that Quay St will need to be closed late at night for about 30 minutes to facilitate the safe exit of pedestrians from the FanZone.”
As for the other RWC2011 Fan Zones around Auckland, for Civic Lakes, bus services on Northern Express will increase through to Albany Busway Station. That makes a 400m walk to the venue.
Trusts Stadium- will see a bus shuttle provided from Henderson Station to the venue. For Mangere Arts Centre there will be no special services.
Taxis are presently going through a RWC accreditation. This will be designated with an orange sticker on the left hand side windscreen.
There has been an upgrade of the Auckland Domestic Airport forecourt but the report notes that “there are a number of operational issues that need to be rectified prior to RWC2011.”
Electronic real time signs are being installed on the main Airport to CBD road routes. Other superficial changes e.g. extension to merge lanes, moving bus stops away from intersections etc. is under review.