$4.5m park-and-ride plan for two sta­tions

The Hutt News - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES PAUL

Plans to im­prove rail­way sta­tion park­ing at Water­loo and Para­pa­raumu are be­ing drawn up, but are un­likely to be­come re­al­ity for three more years.

De­mand for park­ing at the two sta­tions is at a premium, and Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wal­lace said 2020 was too long to wait for a so­lu­tion.

Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil’s trans­port com­mit­tee will con­sider a $4.5 mil­lion pro­posal at its meet­ing on Tues­day to buy up land be­side the two sta­tions, and de­velop park and ride fa­cil­i­ties.

The in­ten­tion is to de­velop 185 spa­ces at the Water­loo De­pot site, and to cre­ate im­proved walk­ing and cy­cling ac­cess to Para­pa­raumu sta­tion from the town cen­tre, as well as a park and ride.

The pro­posed set­tle­ment for sale and pur­chase of the prop­er­ties will oc­cur in the 2018-19 fi­nan­cial year, with de­vel­op­ment get­ting un­der way in the same year.

But, due to such huge de­mand for the spa­ces now, he said 2020 was too far away.

Kapiti Coast Mayor K Gu­runathan said his coun­cil also sup­ported the pro­posal.

‘‘This will en­able trans­port de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and will sup­port the coun­cil’s work to pro­vide bet­ter con­nec­tions be­tween the Para­pa­raumu town cen­tre and the trans­port hub.’’

In order for the pro­posal to move for­ward, the com­mit­tee must rec­om­mend to the re­gional coun­cil that the fi­nalised re­gional land trans­port plan 2015 be var­ied to in­clude the pur­chases.

The coun­cil will then dis­cuss it at its next meet­ing on Septem­ber 28.

Water­loo Sta­tion could see 185 more car park­ing spa­ces added by 2020.

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