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August 3, 2011

Rugby World Cup transport plans ready for Bledisloe Cup

Auckland Transport Spokesman Wally Thomas says there are comprehensive plans in place for getting up to 60,000 people to and from each match.

For Eden Park matches this includes trains and special event buses being free with a match ticket, trains running every 5 to 7 minutes between Britomart and Kingsland, special event buses from around Auckland, managed taxi ranks, road closures and parking restrictions around the venue.

“The large crowds expected at the Bledisloe Cup give us the opportunity to trial large scale transport operations. What people will see in place for this Saturday’s match is what will be operating for each of the 11 Eden Park RWC 2011 matches.

“We need all Aucklanders to have a transport plan on match days, whether they’re going to the match or not. Everyone needs to think about how they can change their travel routines and be patient to help make the Tournament a success.”

Important transport information to remember:

• RWC 2011 is the largest event New Zealand has seen and Auckland’s transport system will come under increased pressure on match days, so it will have to operate differently.
• For those going to the match the most important thing to do is travel early to beat the crowds. Those trying to catch the train late aren’t guaranteed to make kick off.
• The best advice for those not going to the match is to avoid travel around Eden Park and be aware public transport will be operating differently. Check to see how your journey is affected.
• Trains, especially on the Western Line, will be affected and there will be temporary changes to Britomart entrances to manage crowds.

Veolia Transport Managing Director Graham Sibery says there are a few things you can do to support Rugby World Cup preparations.
•         Make a travel plan and plan to travel early,
•         Check which entrance of Britomart you’ll need to use,
•         See if a special direct train stopping at key southern line stations to Eden Park suits you or
•         Leave town early on match day.
“By doing this you’re not only making your day easier, you’re also helping us make the cup a success,” sayd Mr Sibery.
New track and signalling infrastructure has been in place since September last year to enable the rail operations used on match days to move crowds quickly from Kingsland Station.
Additionally there has been considerable upgrading work across the wider on the network over recent years which has delivered a much improved and well maintained track infrastructure, and seen old signalling equipment replaced with a modern system that is used on many networks around the world. 



Issued by Auckland Transport