Train station set to receive a $5m transformation
A neglected part of South Auckland’s public transport network is in line for a major upgrade.
Manurewa Local Board and Auckland Transport have each committed to spend $2.5 million to improve Te Mahia train station.
Board chairwoman Angela Dalton says she’s ‘‘ecstatic’’ about the development.
The upgrade will likely include features such as better security cameras and lighting, new passenger shelters, and ‘‘possibly’’ an electric barrier, she says.
‘‘It’s about partnerships, fiscal prudence and planning,’’ she says.
‘‘When everyone works together this is what can be achieved. We’re continuing to discuss with the council the value of providing additional financial support for other capital improvements to open up the station.’’
One local who’s celebrating the news is Don Huggins.
‘‘I look at the amount of people who will use this station to go shopping or to [Middlemore] hospital,’’ he says.
‘‘This is the direct route to hospital for older people. People still need to go from point A to point B and this will take the overflow from Manurewa train station.’’
Manurewa-Takanini Ward councillor Daniel Newman says he supports the board’s efforts.
‘‘The two stations that have not been upgraded are Te Mahia and Takanini. That needs to change and it will change quickly.’’
Newman says transport infrastructure in Manurewa needs to be improved to account for future population growth.
‘‘There will be a lot more people living and working close by. We can’t just allow for that growth without improving transport choice for ... residents.’’
Auckland Transport’s Mark Hannan says the agency is looking at resurfacing the station’s platform to improve drainage, and adding yellow tactile pavement markings to it.
It’s also considering a new passenger shelter, a public address system, passenger information and more comprehensive CCTV coverage, he says.
‘‘As another safety measure we’re looking at a 1.8 metre perimeter fence to allow the station to be closed after hours, and upgrading the pedestrian level crossing to include an elect- ronically-gated system that activates when a train approaches.’’
Design work on the upgrade will begin soon with construction set to start in the first half of 2018.
‘‘It's about partnerships, fiscal prudence and planning.’’
From left, Manurewa Local Board chairwoman Angela Dalton, local resident Don Huggins, and Manurewa-Papakura Ward councillor Daniel Newman.