New NZ station

Preparation work is now underway for the $6 million Parnell train station in Auckland

Construction on the new $6 million Parnell train station in Auckland has begun.

Waitemata Local Board chairman Shale Chambers says a station at Parnell is highly anticipated by local residents and the wider community.

"It will be a great additional to Parnell not only providing opportunities for local businesses but making it easier to live, work and play in the area," he says.

The board of Auckland Transport approved the $6 million station in February and earthworks have now begun at the site.

Once the earthworks are complete, the platform will be installed and it is hoped the entire station will be complete by August this year.

KiwiRail is now working to engage contractors to complete the design and refurbishment of the former Newmarket station building and provide for its relocation to Parnell.

The Sarawia Street level crossing at Newmarket will close by June 2017 ­– subject to planning processes – as part of wider plans for Auckland’s public transport network and to ease traffic congestion in the area.

The new station at Parnell will be used by more than 2000 passengers a day during the morning peak, with many passengers heading to the nearby universities.

It will also be used by people attending events and concerts at the Domain, the ASB Tennis Stadium, and other functions in the Parnell area.

 The new station will have two platforms, ticket machines and CCTV. 

Future stages of development may include an overbridge, lifts and enhanced access through to the Domain – subject to the availability of funding, future growth and level of patronage.

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