Auckland Transport

Parnell Station Parnell Station

Auckland Transport (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 opened for limited services on 12 March 2017, before Stage 1 is fully completed.

Stage 2 will be developed at a later date, to complete the station and its environs to full standard. Comprehensive services will be scheduled when other network and timetable developments 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 has been relocated to the site and its exterior is being refurbished.
  • 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 late-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 Newmarket station building to site.
  • March 2017 - Station open for limited services
  • Late 2017 - Stage 1 complete (scheduled), including ticket gates and footpath link to Carlaw Park/Nicholls lane.

Project details

Stage 1

Parnell Update Aerial Pic June15

Station features from 12 March 2017

  • Two platforms with shelters, lighting, help points, Public Address, security, ticketing and tag on/off machines.
  • Newmarket Station building (a historic Vogel station, opened in 1908) is in place and the exterior is being refurbished by KiwiRail.
  • Main station pedestrian entry and exit via Cheshire Street. Entry to the platform is via temporary stairs.
  • An underpass connecting the platforms.
  • Vehicle access to the station is not available. Further development will continue during 2017.

Train services from 12 March

  • All Southern Line trains stop at Parnell.
  • Western Line trains stop at Parnell after 7pm week days and on weekends.
  • Onehunga Line trains do not stop at Parnell.
  • Special event services and rail bus replacements do not stop at Parnell.

Find out more about train timetables.

Stage 1 when complete

When complete, Stage 1 will include:

  • Improved platform access.
  • Electronic ticket gates.
  • CCTV.
  • Formal pathway/road to Cheshire Street
  • Mobility parking and a drop-off/pick-up area.
  • Footpath link to Nicholls Lane and the University.
  • Fully refurbished station building (exterior) with shelter under the verandas.

The future

AT is reviewing options to improve access to the station and between the platforms. This will consider a closer crossing point between the platforms.

Further enhanced shelter will be considered for the platforms.

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.

For more information about this project

Contact Auckland Transport