Pro­posed Rosedale sta­tion ques­tioned

North Shore Times - - OUT & ABOUT - FELICITY REID

Res­i­dents and a busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion are ques­tion­ing whether the new North­ern Busway sta­tion will be fit for pur­pose.

The Rosedale bus sta­tion, which is part of the NZ Trans­port Agency’s North­ern Cor­ri­dor Im­prove­ments (NCI) project that will ex­tend the busway, is pro­jected to cost $30 mil­lion.

The sta­tion will have lim­ited park­ing and no ded­i­cated park and ride.

Al­bany res­i­dent Jonlys Mulc­ahy said it is a waste of money build­ing a sta­tion with no park­ing.

‘‘Clearly no­body is go­ing to walk a long dis­tance to get there, es­pe­cially in rain. What about the el­derly, sick, dis­abled and par­ents with pre-school­ers?

‘‘A fit young fam­ily mem­ber has walked home from Con­stel­la­tion and Al­bany sta­tions - both take 45 min­utes.’’

The Rosedale sta­tion will be mid-way be­tween the ex­ist­ing Al­bany and Con­stel­la­tion bus sta­tions.

The sta­tion de­sign sup­ported by Auck­land Trans­port (AT), is for plat­forms span­ning across Rosedale Rd to al­low for trans­fers from lo­cal bus stops.

Pat Lovell lives in the area that will be served by the new sta­tion and said the thought of an hour re­turn walk to the bus sta­tion was ‘‘very off­putting’’.

‘‘Cur­rently, my par­tic­u­lar area is ex­tremely badly served by so­called feeder buses, and the new ‘im­proved’ ser­vice, as no­ti­fied for next year, looks like be­ing much

‘‘Clearly no­body is go­ing to walk a long dis­tance to get there,’’

Jonlys Mulc­ahy

worse,’’ Lovell wrote on Neigh­bourly.co.nz.

‘‘I can’t see a fleet of new feeder buses be­ing pro­vided for a new ser­vice at very reg­u­lar in­ter­vals for the new sta­tion.’’

Busi­ness North Har­bour gen­eral man­ager Ja­nine Brins­don said the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s main con­cern with the new sta­tion was want­ing to fully un­der­stand the po­ten­tial pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive im­pacts on lo­cal roads, on-street park­ing and prop­erty own­ers.

Busi­ness North Har­bour has asked AT for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on the pro­posal.

Al­ready park­ing in the wider Al­bany area is un­der pres­sure.

AT con­sulted on a plan to charge $1 an hour for park­ing on cer­tain Al­bany streets to help man­age ca­pac­ity, en­cour­age other trans­port op­tions and crack down on poor park­ing.

AT will re­port back the find­ings of the re­port in early Septem­ber.

DENISE PIPER/STUFF

Not all com­muters can find a le­gal park at the ex­ist­ing Al­bany bus sta­tion.

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