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Parnell Station

AT is developing a new train station at Parnell. The new station, at the foot of Cheshire Street, will be developed in 2 stages. 

The station is planned to open for limited services in the first half of 2017 while other works on the network are completed.

Project status: Construction
Project zone: Central

Parnell Update Pic June15

Project overview

  • Stage 1 includes a basic station and platforms.
  • Initial basic station will be connected via the existing underpass which also connects Parnell and the Auckland Domain.
  • The old Newmarket Station building will be relocated to the site and refurbished externally.
  • A new path from the station to Carlaw Park/Nicholls Lane and Stanley Street is under development. Joint funding has been provided by the Waitamata Local Board.
  • Ticket gates will be installed from mid-2017.
  • Stage 2 will comprise further enhancements to improve the station access. The dates and funding for these works are to be confirmed.
  • When the full station is in full use, more than 2000 passengers are forecast to get off the train at Parnell in morning peaks.


  • Assist the regeneration/future growth of Parnell.
  • Serve students and faculty of the University of Auckland.
  • Provide access by rail for:
    • Local business areas around lower Parnell.
    • Parnell Village.
    • The Domain and Museum.
    • Stanley St and Beach Road.
    • The university through existing and future pedestrian connections.


The total cost is budgeted at $18.9 million (Stage 1: $12 million).


  • April 2015 - Stage 1 started.
  • November 2015 - Platforms completed.
  • Late 2016 - KiwiRail to relocate the station building to site.
  • Early 2017 - Access road to the station to be constructed.
  • Mid 2017 - Stage 1 complete (scheduled), including lighting, public address, ticket gates, footpath link to Carlaw Park/Nicholls lane and CCTV systems.
  • First half 2017 - Station open for limited services.

Project details

Stage 1

Stage 1 of the Parnell Station development will deliver:

  • Two platforms with lighting, CCTV, and ticket machines.
  • Refurbishment (external) of the Newmarket Station building (a historic Vogel station, opened in 1908) and its relocation on the eastern platform.
  • A walkway to connect the existing underpass with the platforms.
  • Limited pedestrian and vehicle access from Cheshire Street.
  • Ticket gates to the station platforms.
  • A path from the station to Carlaw Park/Nicholls Lane and Stanley Street.
  • Better public transport connections to the University, city fringe, Museum and Domain, neighbourhood businesses and residences.
  • Landscaping and planting.

Minimising construction impacts

Parnell Update Aerial Pic June15Before work began, there was significant concern about the possible impacts of construction.

AT examined the options and took innovative steps to significantly minimise the impacts. These included:

  • Re-positioning the western platform (Domain side) without the need for piling. This reduced construction time and noise with works that had to be carried out at night when the rail line was not busy.
  • A liquid form of concrete (flowable fill) was used to fill the cement boxes that form the base of the platform. This meant that instead of regular truck movements to deliver and unload aggregate, flowable fill  was pumped across the rail lines during the day, between train movements, speeding up construction time and reducing disruption.
  • The flowable fill can also be excavated in the future to enable the installation of other platform amenities.

Next steps

The new station is planned to open in the first half of 2017 for limited services.

Prior to this opening, the station building will be relocated and foundations completed. An access road from Cheshire Street will be built and access points to the platforms established.

Station amenities including ticket gates, lighting, signage, help points, and CCTV and public address (PA) systems will be installed.

Stage 2

Stage 2 enhancements are not yet planned or scheduled, but can be expected to bring the basic station to the same level of amenity as other similar stations in the network.

This could include improved shelter, enhanced east-west connections between platforms and between Parnell and the Domain.

For more information about this project

Contact Auckland Transport