Parking increase

More parking infrastructure will be built in New Zealand due to record public transport usage

Four Park and Ride carparks are being expanded across the Wellington region due to high usage.

Last year’s record passenger number of 12.1 million has already been exceeded, with 12.5 million trips expected for the 2015/2016 year ending June 30.

"Passenger numbers have been steadily increasing for the past five years, with many people getting out of their cars at the local station and hopping on the train," says Greater Wellington Regional Council sustainable transport committee chair Paul Swain. 

 "It’s become a preferred way to travel for many and eases congestion on the region’s roads. We’re doing all we can to meet people’s demand for the Park and Ride option."

 Extensions to Park and Ride facilities means there will be 471 extra commuter parking spaces spread across Upper Hutt, Trentham, Porirua and Waikanae railway stations.

The extensions will mean there will be over 6000 Park and Ride spaces across the region.


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