New station facilities will link bus stops with the existing rail platform. Commuter parking space and cycle parking will be provided along with improved connections to the local road and footpath networks.
AT will build the project in 2 stages:
Stage 1 - construction of a temporary facility for new bus services and installation of traffic lights at the Custom Street/Manukau Road intersection. The traffic lights have been now been installed and are operating.
Stage 2 - construction of the park and ride area, access way and pedestrian-bridge. Physical works on Stage 2 began 3 July 2017. The Park’n ride facilities, bus lane and shelters, public toilets and station platform are expected to be complete and ready for opening on 6 June 2018.
The new overbridge will be opened late July 2018, once the old overbridge is removed. For customers requiring step free/mobility access, please continue to use the Station Road access until the new overbridge is opened.
Facilitate increased public transport services.
Better connectivity between new network buses and rail.
Better and faster connections within the Franklin community and wider Auckland region.
Enable bus and train timetables to be aligned.
Increased park and ride facilities will encourage people to use train services.
The project is being delivered in partnership with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and will cost $15.4 million.
2015 – NZTA funding for design and detailed design. July 2016 – NZTA funding for construction. Stage 1 construction starts. October 2016 – Interim bus station facility opened for new network. July 2017 – Stage 2 construction starts. Mid 2018 – Construction complete.
To improve bus connections at Pukekohe Station, AT reviewed improvements to the Manukau Road/Custom Street intersection. A long list of intersection options was reduced to 3, and AT selected signalisation of the intersection as the preferred option.
A new set of traffic lights will be installed; these will be activated by traffic on Custom Street, allowing the new bus services to run to schedule. They will retain normal traffic flow on Manukau Road when there is no traffic leaving the station.
The upgrade also includes a new controlled pedestrian crossing that will link the station with 2 nearby schools. To help keep traffic on Manukau Road flowing, the crossing will be fitted with a camera that will detect if someone is waiting to cross the road (if they leave, the request to cross will be cancelled).
Benefits of signalisation include:
Faster and more efficient public transport services, especially for buses.
Improves overall safety for pedestrians and users of the train station.
Allows for the inclusion of a cycle lane.
Manukau Road has limited pedestrian crossing facilities and has heavy traffic.
The bus interchange will increase traffic from Custom Street, with 5 out of 6 buses turning across all lanes of Manukau Road.
Buses will depart approximately every 20 minutes as a group.
The intersection needs to improve to allow buses to exit on time and meet their timetables.
With changes to the area (the bus interchange, park and ride, pathways to Manukau Road etc) additional patronage to the area and local schools on Harris Road will increase pedestrian traffic across Manukau Road.