Extra car spaces on cards at station
With the new bus station at the Silverdale Park and Ride due to open in January next year, an extra 127 car parks may also be in the running.
Construction is well under way at the Silverdale bus station with consents for 484 car parking spaces.
A resource consent for the extra parking spaces is now open for public comment with submissions closing on November 24.
Thirty-seven parks will be in the already consented parking area, with another 90 to the the south of the stormwater pond.
This would see the Hibiscus Coast Bus Station with 611 spaces.
As a comparison, Albany’s Park and Ride has 1100 parking spaces.
The first stage of the park and ride was completed in 2013 and provided 104 spaces. Demand quickly out-stripped supply and saw many cars parked on grass at the front of the car park.
Spaces increased to 200 in 2015 but were also soon used up with drivers parking on verges and creating extra spaces in the car park.
Work on the expansion of the site to include a permanent bus station and a total of 484 parks began in March.
A Park and Ride is planned for Orewa, and another in Warkworth once the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway extension is complete.