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Free public transport provided for people going to mosque attacks memorial

Nathan Morton
This map shows the entry and exit points, as well as other detail about the location for Friday's national remembrance service for the victims of the mosque attacks.  Christchurch City Council

All public transport in Christchurch will be free on Friday for people attending the national remembrance service in Hagley Park.

The service for the vicitms and those affected by the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack will be held in North Hagley Park, starting at 10am on Friday, March 29.

Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens), Marlon Williams, Maisey Rika, Hollie Smith and Teeks are some of the artists performing at the service, Ko Tātou, Tātou We Are One.

A spokesperson for Environment Canterbury (ECan), which oversees public transport in Christchurch, said all services, including the Diamond Harbor Ferry, would be free. They would run on their usual Friday timetables, but people were encouraged to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journey as the network would be busier than usual. 

"This has been an extremely difficult time for the wider Christchurch community," the spokesperson said.

"Providing free public transport is a way that we are able to help our community by making it a little easier for people to get to the event."  

This will be the third weekend in a row EC have offered free public transport to the public, last weekend it was offered in response to the Christchurch March for Love, which drew crowds of over 2,000 people. 

Chricthurch City Council advise for getting to the event

Please allow plenty of time to travel to the event and be prepared for delays. Significant road closures and detours will be in place around Hagley Park. Please see the map below for more information.

Free public transport including the Diamond Harbour ferry will run all day on Friday 29 March. Visit MetroInfo for more information.

Mobility parking for vehicles displaying a mobility pass, will be at the Hagley Oval car park off Riccarton Ave. Access Riccarton Avenue from the Hospital end only. A free shuttle will take people between the car park and the event. 

Cycle stands and a scooter parking zone will be at North Hagley Park next to the Golf Course.

If driving, we encourage you to park and walk. Find a carpark here and walk to North Hagley Park.

Public access to North Hagley Park is for pedestrians only. Access will be available from Harper Avenue, Deans Avenue, Riccarton Avenue through the Botanic Gardens and Rolleston Avenue (Canterbury Museum entrance) through the Botanic Gardens.

What you need to know

If possible, please avoid bringing bags to the event to avoid potential delays in getting into the event.

A livestream of the service will be run on TV One and TV Three.

No dogs will be allowed in the vicinity of the service site on Friday from 9am-2pm. This includes small dogs, and dogs on a leash.

More details, including entry points and road closures will be released as soon as possible.