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Free ride for All Blacks v Wallabies ticketholders

ARTA Media Release
29 July 2008

Free bus or train ride for All Blacks v Wallabies ticketholders

On Saturday 2 August 2008, rugby fans heading to the Bledisloe Cup game between the All Blacks and the Wallabies can ride selected buses and trains to Eden Park for free if they show their pre-purchased All Blacks game ticket or present their Eden Park membership card*.

Auckland Regional Transport Authority General Manager, Customer Services, Mark Lambert says, “While all efforts have been made to cater for expected demand on buses and trains, space on these services is subject to availability and passengers will be boarded on a first come first serve basis. Rugby fans are advised to allow plenty of time for their arrival at Eden Park.

“Free train travel applies from all stations and on all train services operating on Saturday 2 August 2008 from 4.30pm until the close of service.”

Additional train services will be operating on all three lines to and from Kingsland train station, which is just five minutes' walk from Eden Park.

Free bus travel is available on special bus services from Midtown (outside the Civic Centre), Albany Park and Ride (via all Northern Busway stations) and Takapuna station.

“Please remember to show us your All Blacks ticket or Eden Park membership card, otherwise normal train fares and special bus fares – $2.00 each way for the Midtown shuttle bus and $5.00 each way for North Shore buses – apply. Don’t forget to keep your ticket for the trip home,” Mr Lambert says.

In addition to these additional and regular train services and special bus services, several regular bus services will take rugby fans to Eden Park. Free travel is not available on these buses. Normal bus fares from all stations apply.

Regular Dominion Road services (routes 25- and 26-) run approximately every 10 minutes from the St James stop on Queen Street.

Regular New North Rd services (routes 21- and 22-) run approximately every 15 minutes from Victoria Street West to Kingsland shops, a short walk to Eden Park.

Regular bus routes 23- and 24- travel to Sandringham Road by Eden Park approximately every 15 minutes from Victoria Street East in the CBD. Passengers wanting to use these services after the game are advised that road closures will be in place between the intersections of Sandringham Road/New North Road and Sandringham Road/Balmoral Road. Rugby fans can contact MAXX to find out about alternative ways to travel home.

The free Eden Park shuttle bus service operates before the game from 5.30pm as well as after the game, with services running approximately every 10 minutes. The shuttle bus travels in a loop from Eden Park Bus Park, via Reimers Ave, Sandringham Road, Balmoral Road, Mt Eden Road, New North Road, Sandringham Road and Reimers Ave back to Eden Park Bus Park.

All Blacks fans planning to use public transport to and from the Bledisloe Cup game can get more information from MAXX on (09) 366 6400 or at www.maxx.co.nz

*Eden Park membership includes ASB Club Lounge members and Ground members only.

Special bus services to Eden Park:

Bus departure pointBus departure point from Eden ParkDeparture timesRoute
Albany Park and Ride
(Platform 2B)
Between Walters Road and Reimers Avenue To the game:
5.00pm, 5.30pm and 6.00pm
From the game:
End of game
Via all Northern Busway stations
Takapuna Transport Centre (Platform 1)Between Walters Road and Reimers Avenue To the game:
5.00pm and 5.45pm
From the game:
End of game
Midtown Shuttle Bus
(Outside the Civic Centre on Queen Street)
Beside Kingsland railway stationTo the game:
5.00pm to 7.15pm
From the game:
End of game
Continuous direct service (approximately every 5 minutes


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