There is a new transport link to Parnell and the universities with the official opening of Parnell Train Station.
The station on Cheshire Street provides access to Parnell and will later link to the Auckland Domain, the University of Auckland, and AUT.
Auckland Transport chairman Dr Lester Levy says the new $12-million station will become a vital link for students and local residents.
“We are well aware of the needs of the area and we took the attitude that it was vital to get even limited services stopping here as soon as possible.
“We’ve had great support from KiwiRail and the Parnell and university communities to get the station up and running.”
Image (L to R): Councillor Mike Lee, Waitematā Local Board chair Pippa Coom, Mayor Phil Goff and AT Board chairman Dr Lester Levy at Parnell Station.
To begin with, the station is servicing all Southern Line trains and on the weekends and off-peak it will service Western Line trains.
The station currently has platforms, shelters, ticket and AT HOP card readers and an underpass to link the platforms.
When stage one is complete later this year the station will be equipped with electronic gates, CCTV, improved access, mobility parking, and upgraded connections to Cheshire St and to Nicholls Lane.
Refurbishment of the exterior of the heritage former Newmarket Station building will also be completed by KiwiRail.
When the station is complete and receiving full services up to 2,000 passengers a day are expected to get off the train every morning and head to the universities.