At last – a car park we can be proud of
Porirua’s upgraded railway station car park is getting the thumbs-up from commuters and community leaders.
In the past three years the station has undergone more than $ 1 million in improvements to the subway, bus shelter, platform, lighting and fencing.
One bugbear has always been the car park.
In winter, large potholes would fill with water and splash commuters, who would park cars on grass and in mud when spaces ran scarce.
Some people would find themselves blocked in because there were no marked spaces.
But, after funding being confirmed from NZ Transport Agency and completion of land purchases earlier this year, Wellington Regional Council was able to create an extra 250 commuter parks.
Extensive drainage, landscaping, lighting and CCTV cameras have created a better situation for commuters and visitors to Porirua, the regional council’s public transport portfolio leader Paul Swain said.
‘‘ The improvements have transformed a piece of land peppered with potholes into an attractive, secure car park to leave your car in and take the train,’’ Swain said.
‘‘Porirua is the region’s second busiest station, so it’s imperative that we make the most of the opportunities, where and whenever we can, to improve access to the station and encourage more people to take public transport.’’
Swain said more car parking could be created at the north end of the station if more funding becomes available.
Porirua/Tawa regional councillor Jenny Brash said she was delighted with the new car park.
‘‘The pressure was huge to have something done – the situation was hopeless,’’ she said.
‘‘We fought hard to get that work done and it looks fabulous.
‘‘A fitting look for one of the biggest hubs in the region.’’
Titahi Bay resident Paul Marlow had high praise.
‘‘My wife, who parks there every day, hasn’t been boxed in once. Fantastic win- win,’’ he said.
Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said the poor state of the car park was a terrible look for the city for many years.
‘‘After a long time waiting, it’s great that our commuters have the car park they deserve.
‘‘Full credit to the regional council for finally doing the upgrade.’’
Swain said the patience of regular users of the train station car park as the work was carried out was much appreciated.
Old and new: An example of one of the potholes in the south end of the Porirua railway station car park in midwinter, 2012, and the upgraded parking area today.