Auckland Transport is now seeking public feedback on early concept designs for a new bus-train interchange at Otahuhu in South Auckland.
The Otahuhu interchange will be a critical hub in the New Network with the provision of integrated bus and train services for more than 5,000 passengers a day.
Auckland Transport’s priority is to design an interchange that is simple, accessible and easy to navigate for passengers needing to transfer quickly between different public transport modes.
Passenger and public input is a key aspect of the design process to ensure this major facility reflects the needs of the community it serves and is a catalyst for economic growth and rejuvenation of Otahuhu.
The new bus train interchange will be located next to the existing Otahuhu Rail Station with construction expected to get underway in 2014.
It is major part of the development of public transport services in the south, which includes a new interchange at Manukau and upgrading and improving other interchanges and passenger transport facilities at Sylvia Park, Mangere Town Centre, Otahuhu Town Centre, Manurewa, Papatoetoe, alongside other network improvements.
It is currently envisaged that the existing Otahuhu bus station will be replaced with new on-street bus stops on Avenue Road. In addition, it is proposed that bus stops will be constructed on Mason Avenue to serve the new Otahuhu Recreation Precinct which, once completed, will become a hub of activity attracting visitors to the area. There will be regular and frequent bus services connecting the Otahuhu bus-train interchange and these new town centre bus stops.
The associated Otahuhu Linkages project has also been initiated to explore options to develop strong pedestrian linkages between the town centre, its surrounds and the proposed bus train interchange. Public feedback on initial proposals will be sought in due course.
The project team will be available to answer any questions at two open days:
· Friday 6 December – 1pm to 5pm at the Otahuhu Town Hall
· Saturday 7 December – 10am to 2.30pm Otahuhu Town Hall – lower conference centre
For anybody unable to attend the open days they can view the early concept design and provide feedback at www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz/otahuhu-interchange.
For more information: www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz
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