Central Leader : November 12th 2010
5 CENTRAL LEADER, NOVEMBER 12, 2010 NEWS SO GT WEDNESDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 7:00AM - 3:00PM AOTEA SQUARE AUCKLAND CITY THE INSTANT KIWI EVERY PLAYER WINS A PRIZE It can all change in an instant. IS COMING TO Over $100,000 worth of prizes to be won.* Find out more at www.mylotto.co.nz BE THERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN! Park changes please cup planners By RHIANNON HORRELL Test run: Rugby World Cup 2011 transport programme director Bruce Barnard is pleased with how the weekend panned out which tested newly finished street upgrades for the first time. Mr Barnard is standing on the new Wairepo Swamp Walkway which features artwork from artist Billy Apple and has state of the art LED streetlights which can be brightened and dimmed at different times. Photo: JASON OXENHAM ' From a public transport perspective I'm extremely happy. The biggest advantage has been being able to test this all before the world cup. ' Bruce Barnard Spruced up streets, transport adjustments and specific routes around Eden Park have been hailed a success after last weekend s Four Nations rugby league double- header. Rugby World Cup trans- port director Bruce Barnard admits there is room for improvement with crowd con- trol but is pleased with the overall result. From a public transport perspective I m extremely happy. We saw large numbers using the train with approximately 13,000 travel- ling in and 11,000 travelling out. Mr Barnard estimates up to 40 percent of the 42,000-strong crowd used public transport to get to the match. The traffic was also good, Dominion Rd was busy but no busier than usual. We had a few issues with the parking zones but we will go back to the community and discuss this. Our aim is to get as many people as possible on public transport. The biggest advantage has been being able to test this all before the world cup, he says. Auckland police reported a large boisterous crowd at the November 6 game who left the field strewn with empty plastic bottles during Mexican waves. Six arrests were made for disorder-related offences. Auckland Transport has rated the stadium s traffic management a nine out of 10 following the two matches and spokeswoman Sharon Hunter says the majority of fans were moved away within the hour. Many components of Eden Park transport upgrades are now finished, leaving only rail signalling work and a train crossover system to be done. This includes Auckland s first shared space, the Wairepo Swamp Walkway, which links Walters and Sandringham roads. The $3 million walkway will be formally opened later this month and is for pedestrians only during Eden Park events. It aims to separate fans walking to and from Kingsland, Ponsonby and the city with those heading to catch the train at Kingsland station. On non-match days the lane will be open one-way to vehicles at 10km per hour in addition to those walking the route. Sandringham Rd work has included a new pedestrian crossing near the intersection with Walters Rd and an east- ward shift of the road to cater for changes at Kingsland sta- tion.
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