Hikoi organisers and transport managers focus on CBD
The wheels of practical logistics are turning for Monday’s hikoi.
About 6000 people are expected to walk up Queen St in support of the Royal Commission’s recommendations for three Maori seats on a 23-seat council.
Ngati Whatua, the coun- cil, the police and transport authorities are working together to minimise traffic disruptions.
Convoy participants can meet at the Manukau City Council, Bastion Pt, Awataha Marae or Westhaven’s Te Piringatahi o te Maungarongo Marae, before congregating at the bottom of Queen St by noon.
Parking is available at Auckland Domain’s inner roads and at Pier Z, Westhaven Marina Drive.
The Auckland Regional Transport Authority says bus passengers can expect delays around Queen St during working hours.
“Avoid travelling in the CBD during this time, and consider using alterna- tive public transport services, such as trains or ferries where possible,” says customer services general manager Mark Lambert.
“If passengers are unable to avoid travelling by bus in the area at this time, they are advised to allow considerably more time for their journey.”
Council recommends commuters depart for work earlier than usual while avoiding Tamaki Drive, Symonds St, Customs St and Fanshawe St.
Delays can also be expected on the harbour bridge, northwestern motorway and State Highway 1.
Police say Queen St between Customs St East and Wellesley St, will be closed from 1pm to facilitate pedestrian safety.
From about 12.30pm Queen St between Wellesley St and Mayoral Drive will close to accommodate the marchers outside the Town Hall.
For information call 9290010 or to find alternate public transport routes contact 366-6400.