Work begins on station


Work will begin on a New Zealand public transport interchange from early next year

Work begins on station
A conceptual image of the new Upper Hutt station

Work will begin on Upper Hutt Station, New Zealand, next year to make public transport more attractive to residents.

The station is being redeveloped with a platform upgrade first, followed by the demolition of the old station building and the construction of a new facility.

The facility includes a waiting room and ticket office for train users, protection from the wind and rain for bus users, public toilets, and better access for pedestrians and cyclists.

The new building will have facilities for train and bus staff given the station is a terminus.

Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) public transport portfolio leader Paul Swain says he’s delighted work is getting under way.

"It’s great that people will soon see something tangible going on at the station as we’ve talked for years about this," he says.

"Like all building work, there’ll be a little disruption to people’s everyday routines but it really is short-term pain for long-term gain."

Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy says a new Upper Hutt Station has been anticipated eagerly for some time.

"The commencement of this work shows just how well collaboration can work to achieve a great outcome for the community, city, and region," he says.

"It is also an acknowledgement of how important public transport is to the people of Upper Hutt."

A crew will begin working on the southern end of the platform from January 5, making safety improvements and installing more lighting and shelters as this will be the sole waiting area for passengers when the new station building is being constructed.

NZ Transport Agency regional manager planning and investment Lyndon Hammond says the work is part of a much wider package of improvements that has seen unprecedented levels of investment by local and central government in the region's public transport infrastructure and services.

"The station will help public transport to achieve its full potential in Upper Hutt, while creating a far more comfortable environment for the travelling public."

The upgrade, funded by the GWRC, the NZ Transport Agency and Upper Hutt City Council, is expected to take about 12 months.

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