Newmarket station opens
At the official opening of Auckland’s newest train station one message came across loud and clear.
Newmarket station, which opened for public use on Monday, is one of many projects needed to keep up with Auckland’s growing population and the increasing demand on public transport.
It is estimated that about 3500 people will catch the train to or from Newmarket each day.
By 2016 it is thought that 17,000 people a day will do so.
At the official opening last week, Transport Minister Steven Joyce spoke of all the projects that are under way to ensure Auckland’s railway, roads and bridges can cope in the future.
He said larger projects, such as a third harbour crossing, are “looming on the horizon”.
It is predicted that about two million people will live in Auckland in 2036.
At the opening, representatives from central and local government, KiwiRail, Auckland Regional Transport Authority and the Newmarket Business Association had a sneak peek at the station’s modern facilities.
The $65 million station has full CCTV coverage, lockable bicycle storage facilities, emergency help points, lifts and temperature controlled windows.
Business association chief executive Cameron Brewer told the audience he hopes it is included on the route to Kingsland during the Rugby World Cup next year.
“We believe this station will do for Newmarket what Britomart has done for the city.”
Transport authority chairman Rabin Rabindran said Auckland was entering a new era of public transport.
Grafton station will open soon.
New era: Transport Minister Steven Joyce addresses the audience at the official opening of the