Engineering, Passenger Rail, Rail Supply

Work begins on Auckland’s newest train station

Parnell Station artists impression - Photo Auckland Transport

KiwiRail is working to engage contractors to complete design and refurbishment of the former Newmarket station building, before it is relocated to a new $18.9 million site at Parnell, where earthworks began midway through last week.

Auckland Transport (AT) said on April 22 that earthworks have officially started for the new Parnell train station.

Listed as highly desirable in the Regional Public Transport Plan 2013, Parnell is set to cost a total of $18.9 million once fully developed, but the first stage of development is listed at just $6 million.

The station, which will sit on Auckland’s Southern Line between Britomart and Newmarket, will be adjacent to Auckland Domain and Parnell Village.

According to AT, the station is expected to be a key enabler in the regeneration of Parnell, and will eventually service and integrate the local residential and commercial communities and surrounding areas of interest.

Area access will include the Domain, the Museum, Stanley Street and Beach Road, and through to the University of Auckland at a later project stage.

The board of AT approved the $6 million first stage in February. The work which started last week includes earthworks to allow the platform to be installed. These are planned for completion by August.

Meanwhile, KiwiRail is looking for contractors to complete the former Newmarket station building refurbishment. The plan is to then move that building to the Parnell station site.

A station at Parnell is forecast to be used by up to 2000 passengers during the morning peak with many of them heading to the nearby universities, AT said.

It will also be used by people attending events in the Domain and at the ASB Tennis Stadium, and by the Parnell community.

The new station will have two platforms, ticket machines and CCTV. Future stages may include an overbridge, lifts and enhanced access through the Domain, AT said.

“It’ll be a great additional to Parnell not only providing opportunities for local businesses but making it easier to live, work and play in the area,” commented Waitemata local board chairman Shale Chambers.