New NZ bus station

Pukekohe will be the location for a new bus and train station in Auckland

South Auckland and Pukekohe will benefit from a new transport hub to cater for a large number of bus and train passengers by the end of 2017.

The $15.4 million project, headed by Auckland Transport (AT), will be part of a new Franklin public transport network planned to roll out later this year.

A blessing ceremony at dawn on July 19 marked the beginning of months of large-scale construction.

AT hopes the new station will make it easier for passengers to connect between the bus and train networks, lowering times for transferring between modes of transport.

Acting metro general manager for AT Colin Homan says the new bus section of the station will be built onto the existing Pukekohe train station.

"The new 6-bay bus stops will be constructed right next to the existing train station and will become Pukekohe’s transport hub," Homan says.

"The new public transport network will provide better and faster connections within Pukekohe, the surrounding areas and the rest of Auckland.

"It will help to reduce reliance on private transport and ease congestion on local and arterial roads."

New features of the facility highlighted by AT include a new overbridge to connect the two sections, a park and ride for 87 vehicles, a retail area and improvements to the Manukau Road and Custom Street intersection.

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