New­mar­ket sta­tion opens

Central Leader - - News - By Michelle Cooke

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.

Photo: KRISTIN LEITCH

New era: Trans­port Min­is­ter Steven Joyce ad­dresses the au­di­ence at the of­fi­cial open­ing of the

train sta­tion.

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