Auckland Transport

Trains likely to be busy for rugby

Media release: 18 May 2011

Train commuters are being advised to travel early this Friday evening if they want to avoid busy periods as fans travel to the Blues game at Eden Park .

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.

Regular train services along the western line will only be replaced by buses between 8.30pm and 11pm to minimise disruption for commuters. The suspension of regular services is needed to move large numbers of people after the game.

Auckland Transport Public Transport Operations Manager Mark Lambert says that events attracting large crowds mean some changes to how other travellers get around.

“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.”

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

Trains and special event buses are free to all Super Rugby games at Eden Park with a match ticket.

Passengers are reminded that alcohol is not permitted for consumption on any of these public transport services.

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.

More information on getting to the game by public transport is at www.maxx.co.nz