The other day I wrote a post about improving access to Greenlane Station, while there is no news about that particular post it is pleasing to see something similar has happened on the North Shore at the Sunnynook busway station. Here is what AT has said.
A quicker and shorter route to Sunnynook bus station is now possible with the long awaited opening of the Sunnynook walkway.
The new walkway and bridge provides direct access to the popular Sunnynook bus station from Kapiti Place, shortening the route by up to 850 metres for pedestrians and cyclists.
A new public toilet and new cycle facilities have also been provided as part of the work.
The walkway was officially opened on Saturday 16 June by North Shore Councillor George Wood and Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Chair Chris Darby.
They were joined by pupils from Sunnynook Primary School in planting kowhai trees to mark the opening.
The walkway was a collaboration between Auckland Transport and Auckland Council’s Stormwater and Parks. Landscaping around the walkway was improved and a 2.5 metre wide path and bridge across the Wairau Stream was built. It has new lighting and CCTV equipment and to help dampen noise from the bus station a 45m-long glass noise-wall extending from the station across the bridge was installed.
Auckland Transport Northern Busway Stations Leader Anthony Blom says “There has been significant local interest and enthusiasm to open the walkway.
“While there have been some unusual construction issues during the project, everything is go, and the people of Sunnynook can enjoy high quality access to the ever popular Northern Busway,” says Mr Blom.
Location signage for the walkway and bus station has been erected on surrounding streets to help people find their way.
Now I’m not sure where exactly the walkway goes but here is a map showing a rough connection from the station to Kapiti Place. The blue line represents a 500m walk before this opened while the red is how far a 500m walk will take you now.
These are the exact kind of things that we need to be doing to improve access to both busway and rail stations so well done AT.