Auckland Transport Media Release
14 January 2011
Otahuhu bus station is getting a new year spruce up, led by Auckland Transport.
Auckland Transport, NZ Bus (who operate the station), Auckland Council and the local business association have been working together on a programme to keep the station clear of graffiti and other vandalism and rubbish.
The recently completed first stage was to remove graffiti from station murals and then graffiti-guard them. Auckland Transport has also introduced night-time security at the station.
The clean up programme also includes:
Removal of vandalised bus shelters on the centre aisle. Toilets will be reopened during the day and early evening with improved regular cleaning and surveillance
Local Maori Wardens will be based at the un-used ticket kiosk to add another level of informal surveillance and security
A regular presence from Otahuhu neighbourhood policing team to deal with any unwanted or illegal behaviour.
Auckland Transport Public Transport Operations Manager Mark Lambert says the station has been a source of concern for Otahuhu people.
“Auckland Transport has worked closely with NZ Bus and Auckland Council to respond to that community concern by getting arrangements in place to deal with the issues there.
“We have a strong focus on encouraging people to use public transport, so tidy and clean facilities are a key part of that.”
NZ Bus General Manager – Southwest, Darek Koper says: “the safety and well-being of our customers is of paramount importance to us. We were therefore fully committed in working with Auckland Transport, Auckland Council and the Otahuhu community on this initiative.
“We have a strong customer base in the Otahuhu area and are pleased that we have been able to assist in improving bus facilities for our customers.”
Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board Chair Peter Skelton has welcomed the improvements to the bus station.
“Cleaner facilities and improved security will hopefully lead to people making better transport decisions, and also foster a better sense of pride in this important community space.”
About Auckland Transport
Auckland Transport is a Controlled Organisation (CCO) of Auckland Council. It is responsible for all of the region’s transport services (excluding state highways) - from roads and footpaths, to cycling, parking and public transport.
Among its main tasks are:
To design, build and maintain Auckland’s roads, ferry wharves, cycleways and walkways
Co-ordinate road safety and community transport initiatives such as school travel
Plan and fund bus, train and ferry services across Auckland.
For more information go to www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz .