Auckland Transport has sent back my latest Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act requests (LGOIMA) on what is happening to three sets of stations in the Papakura Local Board area. My thanks to the AT Call Centre and Chief Strategy Officer Peter Clark for tracking down the LGOIMA after it went for a small trip to who know’s where (through no fault of AT).
As was mentioned before the elections in October there can be NO park and ride at Takanini Station due to the land around the station owned by the Crown (Land Information New Zealand) not Auckland Transport. LINZ have said no to any attempt for a park and ride at Takanini and have also said any cars parked on that stretch of land are doing so illegally. Auckland Transport however, have committed to improving the shelters on the station platform while making way finding for the 371 and 365 busses that stop near Takanini Station easier.
Prior to 1983 there was Tironui Station which sat on the Papakura side of the Walters Road level crossing. Owing to increased rail patronage and pressures at Papakura Station Auckland Transport have identified reopening Tironui Station in the future. AT have done consultation earlier this year on Tironui to which it received general support. The issue now comes down to funding with the station timeline looking around the second decade of the Auckland Transport Alignment Program (or the ATAP). Second decade means 2026-2036. The timing would be similar to the Third Main is built from Wiri to Papakura to untangle the freight trains from the passenger trains. However, given the quakes recently meaning more freight trains on the Southern Line the Third Main (and subsequently Tironui Station) could be brought forward.
Auckland Transport have pretty much confirmed that the Papakura Park and Ride will be expanded by May next year. The cost is around $4.5 is outlined in the Auckland Transport document below:
You can also view and download here: Papakura Park and Ride by AT
So Papakura will have at least 200 more park and ride spots and new bus lanes next year. Progress being made.