6 Nov 2010

Eden Park locals annoyed at traffic restrictions

12:12 pm on 6 November 2010

Residents around Eden Park are upset they're effectively forced into lock-down because of the Four Nations rugby league match on Saturday.

An estimated 35,000 people were expected to descend on the Auckland stadium for the match - providing a test run for public transport services and for the facility itself ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup.

Eden Park Neighbourhood Association spokesperson Mark Donnelly says travel restrictions for residents will be in place from 3pm to midnight on Saturday.

He says having local people queuing at one entrance to get into a lockdown area won't work, and a better system will be needed for the Rugby World Cup.

Meanwhile, tournament transport programme director Bruce Barnard says platform-widening and improved access at Kingsland train station have improved public safety.

Mr Barnard says the transport upgrades performed well at the Tri-Nations game in July, which had 25,000 spectators.