Puhinui Station $60M upgrade to start in September
Construction on the new $60M Puhinui Station Interchange will start late September 2019.
The station will provide a seamless experience for bus and train commuters, particularly those heading towards Auckland Airport. The new interchange will open in early 2021 and is part funded through the Regional Fuel Tax (RFT).
During construction the existing train station will be temporarily closed, from Saturday, 28 September to early 2021.
This is required to enable the build to be completed as quickly as possible, and to remove any health and safety risks to members of the public.
To limit disruption during the station closure, a new, free, Puhinui – Papatoetoe loop bus service will run everyday – with services every 10 minutes during peak times – providing station users with southern and eastern train line connections from Papatoetoe Station.
The 349 Puhinui – Papatoetoe service will not require a HOP card or cash ticket, and takes 10-15 minutes in each direction.
Auckland Transport Chief Executive Shane Ellison says the temporary station closure will be worth the wait. “We understand any level of disruption is challenging, however, when we re-open the Puhinui Station Interchange in 2021 we’ll have an amazing, new and modern facility that will transform and revitalise the area."
"The new station will also allow for easy bus and rail connections from the interchange to the airport, Manukau and Britomart. Travel times to the airport from Puhinui will be only 10 minutes along priority lanes."
The Puhinui Station Interchange is being delivered in stages, the first stage is an early improvement of the Airport to Botany Rapid Transit project. This project is led by Auckland Transport, and forms part of the wider Southwest Gateway programme.
The Southwest Gateway programme involves the NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport and Auckland Airport working together to deliver transport projects that will improve access to the airport and its surrounding area to benefit workers, travellers, tourists and freight movements.