Adele’s recent concerts broke records for ticket sales in NZ but they also contributed to some transport records too. Auckland Transport have announced that Thursday last week, the first of her three concerts has set the record for the most trips on public transport recorded for a single day at just under 400,000 trips (261k on buses, 113k on rail and 25k on ferries).
That’s more even than the infamous opening night of the Rugby World Cup in 2011 where around 370,000 trips were made used PT. Perhaps as a testament to the improvements made to our PT system over the last 5-6 years, unlike in 2011 where the volumes overloaded our networks creating chaos, this time AT seemed to manage very well. On social media I did see a handful of complaints, mostly about people struggling to get off the platform at Penrose which simply isn’t designed for such large numbers, but I also saw considerably more compliments for how smoothly the system worked.
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And it wasn’t like there were just a few people to cater for too. AT have reported that for the Thursday concert, a massive 80% of crowd used PT with 27,000 using trains and 7,600 using buses. And those numbers had to be moved to the stadium during the afternoon peak too. To put the rail numbers into perspective, the last figures AT provided me (last year) said that around 10,000 people arrive by train at Britomart in the morning between 7am and 9pm. To move more than twice that and normal train users at the same time is an impressive achievement.
And the numbers using PT stayed high for the two weekend concerts too.
Mr Main says the numbers using public transport for the concerts stayed strong across the weekend. On Saturday night, 21,000 people travelled on the trains back to the city after the show and around 8,000 took the buses. Last night, there were 9,500 on the buses and 16,000 took the trains.
So, over those three days that’s 64,000 people (128k trips) on the rail network and 25,200 people (50k trips) by bus. It’s impressive both how much Aucklanders obviously embraced our PT system but also that AT were able to pull it all off relatively smoothly.
Auckland Transport have faced plenty of criticism from us over the years for how they’ve handled events, so it’s only fair that we give them credit when they get it right. And get it right they certainly seemed to do with the recent Adele concerts.