New bus hub for NZ

Major public transport interchange set for $13 million overhaul south of Auckland

Construction will begin on a $13 million upgrade of Pukekohe Station to a new bus and train interchange next year.

The upgrade will feature a six-bay bus interchange, park and ride for about 80 vehicles, cycle parking, a covered walkway and a new canopied pedestrian over-bridge linking buses to trains.

 "We all know about the pressures of growth in the wider Pukekohe area and the challenges we currently have with our rail based public transport," Franklin local board chair Andy Baker says.

"The upgrade of Pukekohe station is incredibly important as we try to make travelling by rail more attractive to people and this is actually something that we can control.

"Creating the ability for people to transfer between buses and trains, together with the improved bus networks in Pukekohe will hopefully reduce the need for people to park their cars in and around the station."

A new public transport network will also become operational across Pukekohe and Waiuku by October next year.

New bus services will operate every 30 minutes from 7am to 7pm each day, and connect to trains at the interchange.

Auckland Transport (AT) project director Nick Seymour is sure the new interchange will complement the new high-frequency bus services.

"Pukekohe Station will be at the heart of the area’s new public transport network, so one of our priorities is to provide a modern and accessible interchange that connects commuters both locally and to the wider region," he says.

Temporary bus stops will be in place during construction to allow the new network to operate smoothly until the interchange is complete in 2017.

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