This is a Guest Post by “Mr Anderson” who will be keeping us up to date with transport news stories while Matt L and Peter M are away on holiday.
Auckland Transport have released some plans for the significant rebuild of the Mt Albert train station. This is good news as Mt Albert is one of the worst and most neglected stations on the network:
Auckland Transport is about to undertake major works at Mount Albert Train Station to improve passenger experience.
This project recognises that well-designed facilities are a key element in attracting people to public transport. The upgrade will also improve access to the station, develop Mount Albert into a significant transport hub where passengers can easily transfer between trains and buses and link the rail station with the proposed town centre upgrade.
More than 2100 people a day use the station, serving schools, Unitec and residents and has been marked for improvement.
• Better comfort and weather protection for waiting passengers, improved security and lighting and electronic train timetable information.
• Improved access to the station platform from Wilcott Street and New North Road
• Better access for people with limited mobility, pedestrians and cyclists
• A safer, more attractive station
• Replacing the underpass with ramp access to the platform
• New shelters, rubbish bins, CCTV, PA system, HOP ticketing machine, lighting and passenger information displays
• New lift to give people with limited mobility access to platform from Carrington Road
• A future passenger lift to the platform from Wilcott Street
• Pedestrian access between New North Road and Wilcott Street is maintained
While it is good Mt Albert station is getting upgraded, these plans represent a relatively minor upgrade to a station that quite possibly deserves something a bit more significant. But what’s really needed is better integration with the surrounding town centre and that’s not really just Auckland Transport’s responsibility.