I and I’m sure many others were surprised to see that the All Blacks celebrations in Auckland are taking place in Victoria Park. Why there instead of a parade down Queen St and/or some kind of event on Queens Wharf.
There are expected to be tens of thousands of Aucklanders wanting to see and congratulate the team. With the exception of people from the North Shore or the inner western suburbs Victoria Park is likely difficult to access regardless if what mode you use. Queen St in the other hand is one of the most connected locations in the city. At the northern end there is the ferry terminal and Britomart while many other bus routes pass through or very close to Queen St.
If I had to guess, the main reason for the location is most likely to have been dictated by Auckland Transport who in these situations in the past have appeared took be strangled by bureaucratic processes which prevent them from making sensible decisions. Perhaps they wanted some massive prepared traffic management plan or perhaps they didn’t want to disrupt all of the buses now using Queen St or some of the streets that cross it such as Wellesley and Victoria St at short notice. The last scenario is at least slightly understandable although highlight an amazing lack of flexibility, especially seeing as no work has yet started on Albert St.
Amazingly AT aren’t even putting any more PT services on to get people to the events although they are routing some buses around Victoria Park differently All they say on their website is
Buses travel along Victoria St or Fanshawe St by Victoria Park:
- InnerLink* from stop 7016 Customs St East near Queens Arcade
- OuterLink from stop 7006 Wellesley St East near ASB bank
- Ritchies – Northern Express (NEX), 881
- Birkenhead Transport services
- North Shore services* – 922, 858, 879, 839, 875
It’s all really quite a poor outcome – especially after using Jerome Kaino to try and encourage people to use PT and HOP
*note I’m happy to be proven wrong about it being AT who prevented a parade on Queen St
Some photos from the 2011 parade below, which of course was on Queen St. Will Victoria Park be able to accommodate the same numbers? Will the same number of people physically be able to get there?