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RWC: Opening Night update final

Major Events Operations Centre
Opening Night update final

09 September 2011
• New Zealand v Tonga
• Eden Park
End of night transport update
Huge crowds from early in the morning placed strain on transport infrastructure, in particular trains.

Ferries were unable to berth in the central city from approx. 6pm. They were unable to offload passengers due to the large crowds blocking the ferry terminal. This was resolved later in the evening.

Buses operated well and moved 8900 people to Eden Park.
Trains had a number of issues, including a breakdown near Newmarket, meaning some people were delayed for more than an hour. This unfortunately resulted in them missing kick off at Eden Park.

Extra buses were brought in by Auckland Transport to clear the post-match crowd as quickly as possible. The majority of the crowd was cleared from Eden Park within 70 minutes (the operational target).

Auckland Transport will be seeking an urgent review of the operational performance of the rail network from the train operator Veolia.

The large crowds in the central city also meant a section of Queen St and Customs St west had to be closed to traffic.


1. Queens Wharf:
• Queens Wharf full from mid afternoon to shortly after the opening match as part of waterfront Opening Night event
• Large crowds in Quay St, Eastern Viaduct, Te Wero Island and Wynyard Quarter
• Big crowds in Queen St resulted in the partial closure of the street
• Weather good.

Police report:
• 14 people evicted from Eden Park, one arrest made

Fire report:
• Three minor incidents reported (rubbish bin fires)

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