The additional spaces are located on Railway Street West adjacent to the station entry and Auckland Transport hopes to make these available at the end of April. It is a temporary arrangement until construction at the station including expansion of the existing park and ride area is completed by Easter 2013.
Security at the existing Ron Keat Drive Park and Ride will also cover the temporary area.
The Papakura Local Board has been working with Auckland Transport advocating for the temporary car park spaces and is pleased to see progress on their request. Papakura Local Board transport spokesperson Brent Catchpole welcomes the additional car park spaces which will relieve the pressure on Ron Keat Drive and surrounding streets.
“The expanded security will provide a safer environment for rail passengers leaving their cars in the park and ride area.”
Auckland Transport is upgrading the station and rail yard to improve passenger experience and transport efficiency. The upgrade will also allow the station to meet future patronage growth and modernise existing platform amenities.
At the same time, KiwiRail are undertaking a re-arrangement of the tracks to provide a dedicated freight line through the station, and optimizing track and platform layout in preparation for electrification
Features of the station upgrade include; additional platform canopies, CCTV, lighting, public toilets, new ticket office, enlarged park and ride area and dedicated freight line.
The temporary parking spaces will be reviewed by Auckland Transport once the upgrade is completed.