Heart of Onehunga
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