Station car park too full
Just two years after a significant upgrade to the Porirua railway station car park, commuters are being urged to take the bus, carpool or use nearby stations to ease congestion.
Barry Fryer, the regional council’s acting manager rail operations, said the number of people using the Porirua station, one of the region’s busiest, had risen significantly over the last few months. The 150 extra parks created in 2014 were snapped up each day, he said.
‘‘Unfortunately we’ve now got to the stage where people are parking dangerously and inconsiderately,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re looking at various ways to discourage people from parking in illegal spots or creating obstructions for others. However, we would prefer that people consider alternative options.’’
Fryer said parking is available at Mana station, by the Ngatitoa Tennis Club, at Tawa station in the park and ride on Melville Street, and at Takapu Rd station, in the south end of the Outlet City car park.
Another option for some people might be to walk or cycle to the station, he said.
‘‘We’ve created a time and distance map that shows Porirua residents how long it would take to walk or cycle to the station from different locations. Some people may be pleasantly surprised at how quickly it would take to walk or cycle.’’
The map is at gw.govt.nz/ bikes-and-public-transport.