Auckland Transport and Papakura Local Board to build a shelter-way linking town centre to rail station
I see the Papakura Local Board and Auckland Transport have been busy in getting reading to build a sheltered walk-way connecting the Papakura Train Station to the core of the Papakura Metropolitan Centre.
From Auckland Transport:
A modern and covered 250-metre walkway will link Papakura Train Station to the town centre.
The Papakura Local Board and Auckland Transport are working together to provide the walkway along Railway Street West and Averill Street (to the mid-block pedestrian crossing).
It is designed to provide residents and commuters with more shelter and improved access between the Papakura Library and Museum, the Papakura Art Gallery, the train station and businesses in the town centre.
The new public transport network for south Auckland will provide more connections between buses and trains in Papakura when introduced by the end of 2016.
Papakura Local Board Chair Bill McEntee says community feedback shows a need for a safer and more accessible connection from the train station to the town centre.
“Engaging with the local community has been an important part of developing Papakura as a metropolitan centre and making it easier and more comfortable for people to who use the train station to get to the town centre”.
Papakura Station is one of Auckland’s busiest stations, used by more than 1700 people every day. “With future growth and development in the Papakura area, it is important that we improve local access to the train station from the town centre,” says Mr McEntee.
Auckland Transport’s Delivery Manager South East, Clement Reeve says the project will see a new, taller and wider timber or glass finished covered walkway which will incorporate existing bus stops/shelters to create a softer and more welcoming enclosure.
“The design will allow for future custom build panels into the walkway structure that could include images, electronic displays and carved artwork.”
Construction of the walkway is expected to start in the first half of 2016 and will take about five months to complete.
The Papakura Local Board and Auckland Transport (AT) are partnering to provide a modern, covered walkway from Papakura Train Station to the town centre.
The 250-metre walkway, along Railway Street West and Averill Street, will provide continuous shelter for people walking to the Sir Edmund Hillary Library, Papakura Museum, Papakura Art Gallery, and the train station.
The covered walkway will:
- Improve local connections.
- Make it easier to walk to and from Papakura town centre and the train station.
- Provide shelter from the elements.
- Improve pedestrian safety.
Early 2016 – Construction starts.
Second half of 2016 – Walkway construction completed.
Papakura has been named as a ‘metropolitan centre’ in the Auckland Plan and it is planned to develop the town centre to support south Auckland’s population and housing growth.
Engaging with the local community has been an important part of developing Papakura as a metropolitan centre. Community feedback shows a need for a safer and more accessible connection between the town centre and the train station (one of Auckland’s busiest, used by more than 1700 people every day).
See a map of the proposed walkway route (PDF 356KB)
The Papakura Local Board is utilising its Local Board Transport Capital Fund towards improving this important connection.
- Timber- and glass-finished covered walkway will create a softer, more welcoming enclosure.
- Walkway will incorporate existing bus stops/shelters.
- At a later stage, the design of the walkway may reflect local stories and history of Papakura. Some of the themes that could be included are:
- Mana whenua stories and connections.
- Railway connections.
- Military connections.
- Equestrian connections.
- Bee keeping.
- Sir Edmund Hillary connections.
- Art gallery connections.
- Museum and library connections.
- The walkway will be designed to accommodate custom-built panels that could include images, carved art work and electronic displays.
Concept design images
Mid-block pedestrian crossing on Averill Street
Railway Street West seating bay
Entrance to Countdown supermarket
Pedestrian crossing on Railway Street West
Bus/rail station entry structure
For more information
If this walkway project is to kick-start a wider urban renewal project in Papakura then excellent and needed. But I can’t help think that even with this walkway, the new apartments at the northern end and a new medical centre that something is still distinctly lacking.
I know Papakura is not on Panuku Development Auckland’s list for urban renewal even though the Local Board is to kick-start drawing up a Master Plan for the area. So without this coordination such as Manukau is getting I wonder if we are missing a prime opportunity with our most southern Metropolitan Centre (Papakura) that is right smack bang in the middle (as is Manukau) of some of the fastest population, commercial and industrial growth in all of Auckland.
I also know Papakura at the moment suffers from the Fear of Crime situation with petty crime including vandalism attacks as well as violent attacks which needs to be gotten on top of in coordination with any urban renewal effort as well. The police being proactive at Papakura Station and basically being punitive to those causing trouble (including fare evasion) would be a start. Urban renewal and upscaling Papakura Metropolitan Centre would also go a long way in beating the Fear of Crime situation as well. Especially as Papakura community undergoes large changes at the moment with new people moving in and existing people moving out owing to the current housing boom.
None the less the ultimate point is that Papakura and other areas in Auckland are due for urban renewal to bring them into the 21st Century. Time to get cracking