Transport worked fine

Murray McCully’s gamble paid off. Transport worked fine last night as the All Black slayed the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys.

While the All Blacks v France game is the important match of the evening, the Auckland transport system has passed a test of its own.

Trains and buses taking fans to Eden Park for the Rugby World Cup match and the waterfront fanzone ran to schedule, and an Auckland Transport spokeswoman said the evening had so far gone off without a hitch.

Officials said that 25,910 people travelled to the match on public transport – 15,210 by bus and 10,700 by train while a further 1500 travelled by taxi.

An estimated 10,000 opted to walk to Eden Park on the official fans’ trail.

Trains took just 12 minutes to get from Britomart to Kingsland Station, which is just 200m from Eden Park. That compared with times exceeding two hours on opening night and 19 minutes last Saturday.

Another nail in Len’s coffin.