Sta­tion car park too full

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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 bikes-and-pub­lic-trans­port.

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