Its not only our train stations that need upgrading but also many of our bus facilities and so it is pleasing to see the completion of the Otara bus interchange. Auckland transport say that the interchange sees over 330 services and nearly 3000 boards per day so it is pretty well used. First here is its location and what it used to look like
Definitely not the most attractive piece of infrastructure we have around. Here’s part of the AT press release about the upgrade:
The $2.1 million redevelopment of the Otara bus interchange and adjacent plaza is set to become a signature entry into Otara township.
It was officially opened by Auckland Mayor Len Brown on Monday 16 July.
It is an example of a transformation project that actively sought to engage with the community to provide a high quality urban space that reflects the unique heritage of the Otara community.
An earlier review of the bus interchange by Auckland Transport found that the shelters and waiting area were in poor condition and would be uneconomic to repair. Together with Auckland Council a wider approach was taken to redevelop and upgrade the surrounding area at the same time the interchange was improved.
The new bus shelter which covers the full length of the interchange is constructed from single steel and glass. The glass features motifs and designs which reflect the Pacific Island and Maori heritage of the local community are by renowned Tongan artist Filipe Tohi.
It has new seating and a raised pedestrian thoroughfare to provide a safer crossing and better connection to the surrounding area.
Other work included replacing the old toilet with a modern stainless steel unit, upgrading the taxi stand, new paving, a play area for children along with a makeover for the clock tower. The result is a modern transport facility and plaza that is a more visible, open and safer community space.
So what does it look like now (pics from ATs website):
Looks like a vast improvement to me and hopefully one that will see a lot more people using the facility. There is more information about the works here.