At last – a car park we can be proud of

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

Pho­tos: KRIS DANDO

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.

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