Heart of One­hunga

Central Leader - - Letters -

With re­gards to the One­hunga rail sta­tion de­sign com­pe­ti­tion sub­mit­ted by the Unitec stu­dents, the pro­posal to have a ho­tel and cin­ema on the site is an ex­cel­lent idea and the coun­cils and the Auck­land Re­gional Trans­port Au­thor­ity should give their full sup­port to this pro­posal.

The bot­tom end of the One­hunga Mall could do with re­ju­ve­nat­ing and with the suc­cess of Dress­mart, a ho­tel and cin­ema and per­haps a Cock and Bull English pub, which would com- pli­ment One­hunga’s English colo­nial his­tory, would be just what One­hunga needs, as well as help­ing to make the sta­tion more at­trac­tive and safe to the pub­lic.

Hav­ing a sta­tion right in the heart of such a de­vel­op­ment would make us­ing pub­lic trans­port more at­trac­tive for peo­ple to travel to One­hunga for shop­ping and en­ter­tain­ment, and for over­seas vis­i­tors and lo­cals to travel into the city and other parts of Auck­land.

There should also be a move to have the One­hunga bus sta­tion shifted to One­hunga Mall out­side the pro­posed new sta­tion.

It would be sim­i­lar to what’s been done at Brit­o­mart.

This would en­able peo­ple com­ing off trains to come straight out of the sta­tion com­plex and on to a bus with ease and not have to go looking and walk­ing in the rain, as would be the case with the cur­rent bus sta­tion lo­ca­tion.

The new One­hunga sta­tion def­i­nitely needs to be on One­hunga Mall and not in Princes St as ear­lier sug­gested by ARTA, and this pro­posed sta­tion de­sign cer­tainly presents a strong, at­trac­tive case to have it on One­hunga Mall. ISAAC BROOME

Royal Oak

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