Christchurch terror attack: Auckland buses, trains, ferries to stop in remembrance

Auckland's public transport system will stop to observe a national two minute silence at 1:32pm, in remembrance of the Christchurch terror attack a week ago.

An Auckland Transport (AT) spokesperson told Newshub buses and trains will pause at their nearest stop where possible, and ferries will either slow down or hold their departure for the duration of the silence.

The silence will be observed as many return to Friday prayers for the first time since an attack on two mosques in Christchurch that killed 50 people.

AT announced the public transport pause on Twitter, saying it will honour those affected by the shooting.

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Its contact centre and customer service centres will also be unavailable during this time.

"Thank you for your understanding and we hope that you join us for this moment of reflection," it said on Twitter.

An Islamic call to prayer will be broadcast on radio and TV at 1:30pm, followed by the silence at 1:32pm. The Prime Minister will make closing remarks after prayers.

The call to prayer will be played on television and radio stations across the country, including Three and Magic Talk, which will both play the call to prayer and observe the moment of silence. 

AT is also warning public transport users the network, particularly the western train line, will be busy on Friday evening, partially due to a remembrance vigil planned in Auckland Domain.

It said people should leave early if possible and avoid travelling at peak times.


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