Aotea Square RWC Fanzone, Occupy Tents Stay
Aotea Square is to become a liquor free RWC Fan zone. This has been approved by the RWC Minister -and the Occupy Auckland tent protest which has been in the grass area near the Town Hall since Saturday will stay. About 150 people are there.
But the requirement said a safety fence had to be put around them and it has this morning.
Earlier the protestors said council officials had told them they could stay but needed to buy fire extinguishers and watch the noise levels.
Queen St in Auckland’s CBD will be closed between Mayoral Drive and Wakefield St from 7am tomorrow morning to support the Aotea Square Fanzone, which is opening for the RWC2011 Final.
The westbound side of Wakefield St between Mayoral Dr and Queen St will be closed at the same time.
From 4am Sunday the Queen St closure will be extended to Wellesley St. The eastbound side of Wakefield St between Mayoral Dr and Queen St will also be closed.
These closures will remain in place until 7pm Monday. Some bus stops in this area will be closed or relocated and some services diverted. Special event buses to the RWC2011 Final will leave from the bus stop on Wellesley St outside the Civic. Find out more at maxx.co.nz
From 10.30pm on Sunday, or earlier if necessary, Queen St will be closed from Customs St downtown to Victoria St. Customs St could also be closed on Sunday night if necessary. The closure of this section of Queen St and Customs St will be in place for an hour or until crowds clear.
Wellesley and Victoria Sts, which cross Queen St, will still be open to vehicles, however people travelling in the CBD on Sunday night are being advised to be patient and expect delays. All parking buildings will remain open.
The Queen St closures are in addition to closures on Quay St for the downtown Fanzones which are in place until 6am Monday.
More on the other Fanzone extensions
Aucklanders are also being advised to travel early this Friday to avoid congestion likely from the combination of the Bronze Final at Eden Park, commuter travel and the start of Labour Weekend.
Public transport and roads are expected to be busier than usual at peak time as fans start travelling to the match late afternoon. Trains in particular will be much busier, so commuters are advised to try to travel before free travel on trains to Eden Park begins at 5.30pm.
Kick off on Friday is 8.30pm. Free travel with a match ticket begins at 4.30pm on Britomart special event buses and 5.30pm on trains and all other special event buses.
Kick off on Sunday is 9pm. Free travel with a match ticket begins at 5pm for Britomart special event buses and 6pm on trains and all other special event buses.
People using public transport who are not going to Eden Park are reminded there will be a number of changes to regular services. This includes bus stop relocations in the Britomart precinct, changes to Britomart entrances, smaller trains for some non-event services and buses replacing some trains, especially on the Western Line.
Road closures and parking restrictions in the Eden Park area will be in place from 5.30pm on Friday and 6pm on Sunday. On Sunday New North Rd and Bond St could to be closed earlier than for previous matches given the high pedestrian numbers expected.
An increase in people travelling to the matches by coach, rail, special event buses and taxi is expected.
Other transport options include parking in streets outside the Eden Park restricted zone then walking, or walking the Fan Trail from Auckland’s CBD. People driving are advised to carpool. To find someone to carpool
After the match trains leave every 5 minutes from Kingsland to the CBD, stopping only at Grafton and Britomart, until the majority of crowds are cleared. Trains out of the CBD run later into the night, – Full details.
Special event buses are free with a match ticket until crowds have cleared after the matches. Some other buses, including the Northern Express, Inner and Outer LINKs, will be running later. The NiteRider buses from the CBD will be available between 1am and 3.40am. A fare applies on services that aren’t special event buses. – Full details.