The Auckland Transport project team responsible for the construction of the new Ōtāhuhu Station recently hosted Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board members on a construction site visit.
They were welcomed by Auckland Transport Project Director Nick Seymour and Project Manager Adrian Price along with construction partner representatives from Downer.
Local Board Chair Lemauga Lydia Sosene says it was great to see work well underway on the new Ōtāhuhu Station.
“We welcome the major investment in Ōtāhuhu’s public transport and it was exciting to see how the construction is shaping up. It looks like it will be an impressive, perhaps even iconic structure.
“I am glad to see that Auckland Transport has factored in public feedback to improve connections, make it safer and more accessible for people to travel around the local area and to the rest of the city.”
Mr Seymour says construction of the new station is expected to be completed in late 2016.
“The new Ōtāhuhu Station is designed to support the rollout of the new bus network in the south Auckland area to enable more efficient bus to bus and bus to train connections.”
The new bus station with the two new bus platforms will link to the train station via a new terminal building and an elevated concourse.
“The new facility is more pedestrian friendly including provision of accessibility for mobility impaired public transport users. The overall architecture will reflect the history of the area, including the significance of the site for local mana whenua as a historic portage for waka.”
Photo (left to right): Shaun Van Wyngaard, Downer; Willem Ferreira, Downer; Adrian Price, Auckland Transport; Gordon Horsley, Auckland Transport; Nick Seymour, Auckland Transport; Leau Peter Skelton, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board; Ben Stallworthy, Auckland Transport, Christine O'Brien, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu LB; Tafafuna'i Tasi Lauese, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu LB, Nick Bakulich, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu LB; Lemauga Lydia Sosene - Chair, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board and Togiatolu Walter Togiamua, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu LB.
Benefits of the new station
- A high-quality, accessible, modern facility.
- The design and architecture will reflect local and historical stories for mana whenua (portage site for waka).
- Clear separation of buses, trains and a shared pedestrian and cycle pathway (including cycle storage racks), separated cycle crossing at the adjacent signalised intersection.
- Passenger drop-off zone.
- Covered bus platforms for passengers moving between bus and train services.
- More frequent bus services from the second half of 2016.
- Better connections between bus and rail networks.