Council report on Rugby World Cup opening chaos coming Wednesday

By Bernard Orsman, APNZ staff, NZ Herald

Overcrowding on the waterfront made the wait to get into Queens Wharf a less than happy one for many people. Photo / Sarah Ivey
Overcrowding on the waterfront made the wait to get into Queens Wharf a less than happy one for many people. Photo / Sarah Ivey

A report on the chaos surrounding Rugby World Cup opening night in Auckland will be made public by the city's council on Wednesday.

The document will cover all issues around public transport and crowd numbers and recommend action ahead of the remaining games in Auckland.

Fifty-six people have already completed a register set up for those unable to get to the All Blacks v Tonga clash at Eden Park.

Auckland Transport set up the register today (Monday) for people with unredeemed tickets and those who were not able to make it before the opening ceremony or kickoff.

People can register at www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz/transportregister or by calling 0800 301 011.

They will need to provide their ticketing customer ID, full name and address of the buyer and their ticket allocation details (entry, section, row and seat).

Meanwhile, Auckland Mayor Len Brown is confident that Auckland will deliver on public transport at
Saturday's clash between Australia and Ireland at Eden Park.

Mr Brown told a media conference today that everyone was doing their level best to address the issues on Friday when at least 2000 people missed the opening ceremony at
Eden Park because of train delays.

Mr Brown's confidence was not shared by Auckland Transport's Rugby World Cup transport director, Bruce Barnard, who refused to guarantee a safe passage by train to Eden Park.

Mr Barnard only went as far to say that everything was in place to deliver the train service.

More than 54,000 tickets have been sold for the game.

Auckland councillors will be briefed on the Rugby World Cup train shambles today and
formalise the terms of a review called by Mr Brown on Saturday.

The review is being carried out by Auckland Transport chairman Mark Ford, who gave
councillors an assurance on Thursday that every eventuality had been planned for and only an act of God would stop a smooth passage to the game.

Auckland Transport council chief executive David Warburton is assisting Mr Ford with the review, which will be completed tomorrow.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development is also preparing a report for
councillors on issues at the waterfront when 200,000 people turned out at Friday's opening ceremony party.

There was a crush to get onto Queens Wharf, where there was room for just 12,000 people, two of the six television screens along Quay St failed and ferry services were cancelled.

- NZ Herald

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