Earthworks have begun at the site of the new Parnell train station.
In February, the board of Auckland Transport approved the $6 million station, off Cheshire Street.
The work currently underway includes earthworks to allow the platform to be installed. These are planned for completion by August.
Meanwhile, KiwiRail is working to engage contractors to complete the design and refurbishment of the former Newmarket station building and provide for its relocation to Parnell. This is due for completion by late 2015. AT will then commence fit-out work.
The opening and operation of the new station is aligned to the closure of Sarawia Street level crossing, near Newmarket. That crossing is due for closure by June 2017 but is subject to planning processes.
A station at Parnell is forecast to be used by up to 2000 passengers during the morning peak with many of them heading to the nearby universities. It will also be used by people attending events in the Domain and at the ASB Tennis Stadium, and the Parnell community.
The new station will have two platforms, ticket machines and CCTV. Future stages may include an overbridge, lifts and enhanced access through the Domain.
Waitemata Local Board chairman Shale Chambers says a station at Parnell is highly anticipated by local residents and the wider community. “It’ll be a great additional to Parnell not only providing opportunities for local businesses but making it easier to live, work and play in the area.”