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.

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