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