Manukau Courier : February 22nd 2011
6 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 22, 2011 NEWS 3441275AB Rail stations to get upgrade More rail stations in south Auck- land are in line for a fast-tracked upgrade. Auckland Transport has supported in principle fast- tracking the upgrades throughout the Auckland network to make sure all stations are complete when electric trains are intro- duced. Papatoetoe, Puhinui, Otahuhu, Te Mahia, Takanini and Papa- kura stations are among 15 stations in line for an upgrade in an estimated $38.9 million proj- ect. A full station upgrade is planned for Puhinui while Papatoetoe will be fitted with CCTV and lighting. The work on those stations is planned for com- pletion later this year. Otahuhu will get a full station upgrade in the first half of next year and Te Mahia will be fully upgraded in the second half of 2012. Takanini s full station upgrade should also be finished in the sec- ond half of 2012 at the same time as Papakura gets a partial station upgrade and terminus recon- figuration. Full station upgrades will include refurbished platforms, new shelters, CCTV, lighting and PA systems, help points and new signage. Twenty-eight new and upgraded stations have been opened in recent years. Auckland Transport chief executive David Warburton says as each upgraded station opens the demand for higher quality stations at other sites increases. The original rail station upgrade programme outlined four station redevelopments to be com- plete by 2014. But it is clear that we need to upgrade all the remaining stations within the future electrified network area prior to completion of the electrifi- cation programme, he says. It is also important to have high quality stations across the network in preparation for arrival of new electric trains, which will be delivered in 2013. Some stations which have already been upgraded will also have some work carried out for electrification or to provide CCTV and lighting. Providing high quality stations with good security is key to encouraging more people on to public transport. Auckland Transport s board will discuss funding implications at a future meeting before confirming the upgrade programme. KiwiRail is still going through the tender process for new electric trains. Auckland Transport figures show Aucklanders take 63 million trips a year. Mayor Len Brown has said he wants that to increase to 150 million trips a year by 2021.
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