But as mclaren2007 states, how are they going to get that many passengers on to buses?
They won't. Those passengers were for the northern lines, not the Seaford line which is the only one to be closed on just one match day.
That scene at the station appears to have been caused by a breakdown in communication - according to Adelaide Metro the trains were supposed to leave as soon as they were full, but after both matches so far this apparently hasn't been passed through to the operations staff.
On the 20th they'll get the job done with lots of buses (three artic buses = one A-City) hopefully leaving from the western side of Adelaide Oval instead of the big bus setup on King William Road. It will be helped by the match on the Easter weekend usually having a lower crowd than usual when they were at Football Park, and it's not like the GWS Giants are a big drawing opponent.
And wouldn't you get MORE passengers during school holidays?
No. The minor increase in inter-peak usage is nothing compared to the massive decrease in peak usage due to school and uni students/staff not using the system.
Apart from the full Seaford closure and partial Belair closure on the long weekend, it's only for the three days between Easter and ANZAC Day and only on the Adelaide-Brighton segment so it should be about as painless as could possibly be expected for the work required. Those three days are likely to see reduced public transport need for workers too, the short interval between two long weekends makes it attractive to take three days of leave to get a ten day break.
This is probably the first time that any of the work in recent years has been genuinely well timed.
Nobody looks happy.
Great advert for the new trains.
Yep, perfectly shows the problem of one line getting new trains while the others have to cope with relics from the Cold War.
It will take them a while to get it right with events at the new Oval.
It also took a while for them to get Footy Express right when it started at West Lakes, and also about six weeks for the trains at Etihad Stadium.
The only thing that is concerning is that there appears to have been no progress from the first week.
Yep, good luck getting this many people onto buses
Those people won't be going on buses, only the Seaford line won't have trains for just one football match.
a) That's (a photoshop) clearly of a football crowd - football trains still running anyway.
b) Footy Park/AAMI coped with buses alone.
c) The SCG/SFS/whole EQ precinct copes far better than Adelaide Oval does (and ever will), without a train service AND they don't need to needlessly block city streets either.
a) not shopped. The problem there was trains filling up and then sitting in the platform for up to half an hour - clearly an operational issue which can be solved if there is the will to do so.
b) it also took them a fair while to get the routine sorted out the first year, and then it was a bit silly for the first few weeks of the next few years.
c) helped mainly by the fact that all the genuinely big events in Sydney are out at Olympic Park - even the Swans will shift their big-drawing to Homebush. The SCG/SFS precinct sees crowds bigger than the pre-rebuild Adelaide Oval only a handful of times each year.