NZ’s futuristic bus hub


Opening of new station to coincide with roll out of high frequency buses in Auckland

NZ’s futuristic bus hub
An artist’s impression of Auckland's Otahuhu Station redevelopment

Work started on a $28 million upgrade of Auckland’s Otahuhu Station this week, which will make it easier to connect between high frequency buses and trains.

The project is a key part of the new bus network planned for south Auckland which comes into effect next year and will feature simplified routes and more high-frequency ‘turn up and go’ services.

"This station and the simpler and more connected new South Auckland public transport network will see patronage on the southside leap even more," Auckland mayor Len Brown says.

"Otahuhu is a part of the new Auckland that we as a united council have been heavily investing in.

"The transport station will provide another big boost to Otahuhu."

Many people in the area rely heavily on bus services and are looking forward to improved services and facilities.

"Otahuhu has been waiting a long time for a modern, clean and safe public transport facility," Mangere-Otahuhu local board deputy chair Carrol Elliott says.

New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) director for Auckland Ernst Zöllner says the new Otahuhu Station will contribute to the development of the rapid transit network and ultimately provide better choices for getting around the city.

"This investment in the Otahuhu Station upgrade continues a commitment to growing public transport as one of the solutions to addressing Auckland’s transport challenges," he says.

The upgraded station will make it easier for patrons to connect between trains and the new frequent bus services set to be introduced, as part of Auckland’s revamped public transport network.

Two new bus platforms will be linked to the main terminal building via an elevated concourse and the facility has been designed with people of limited mobility in mind.

The new facility will allow for seamless transition between buses and trains and include a shared pedestrian and cycle pathways and cycle storage racks.

Other features include a dedicated passenger drop off zone and covered bus platforms for passengers moving between bus and train services.

The opening of Otahuhu Station will coincide with the arrival of more frequent bus services for south east Auckland in the second half of 2016.

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