The NZ Transport Agency anticipates traffic will be heavy on the Northern Motorway (State Highway 1) and on streets surrounding Auckland's North Harbour Stadium for Thursday's RWC 2011 game between South Africa and Namibia.
Although traffic usually starts flowing more freely at 6.30pm after the evening commuter peak, the number of vehicles on the motorway could remain high as fans head to the stadium for the 8pm start, says the NZTA's State Highways Manager for Auckland and Northland, Tommy Parker.
"We would ask people on both sides of the harbour to consider using buses to get to and from the stadium," Mr Parker says. "If fans do choose to drive to the game, they should allow plenty of extra time to avoid the risk of being delayed by the evening peak."
Mr Parker reminds drivers going to the stadium that they will need to exit the motorway at the Greville Road interchange. Buses will be using the Oteha Valley Road exit. The NZTA will use the motorway's electronic signs to keep drivers informed of traffic conditions, and will have tow trucks on standby near the Auckland Harbour Bridge to respond quickly to clear any vehicles blocking traffic on the motorway.
"We will do everything we can to keep traffic moving and ensure fans enjoy what promises to be a great game between the two southern African neighbours," Mr Parker says.