The railway station boarding data finally released by Auckland Transport the other day allows some interesting analysis of which stations have experienced the most growth over time. I’ve put all the data together into one place, building on an earlier spreadsheet:
In terms of sheer numerical growth, Britomart is by far the winner – with Newmarket, Papatoetoe, New Lynn and Glen Innes other stations which have at least 1,000 more daily boardings now than they did back in 2003. In terms of percentage growth Pukekohe and many of the Eastern Line stations stand out – largely because they came off extremely low bases.
In terms of looking at each line, or part of line as I’ve broken both the southern and western lines (at Otahuhu and New Lynn) into inner and outer sections, it’s interesting to see that the inner parts of the network have grown at a higher percentage rate than further out – I guess previously people from far out caught the train even though the service was pretty bad because catching the bus was even worse. As the train system has improved there has been a shift from bus (and car too I imagine) to rail for shorter trips as well:
Because it’s difficult to compare the 1000% patronage growth of Pukekohe with the 1,000 trips per day growth of Glen Innes to get an idea about which stations have really been a huge success in recent years, I’ve analysed each station’s ranking and how those rankings have changed over time. Because not all stations have been around for all the years analysed, there are a few gaps. However this does show that Pukekohe and Panmure have really been stars, while Swanson, Te Mahia Ranui, Waitakere and Remuera have been the stations to go backwards the furtherest. Manurewa has bounced around in a particularly interesting way as well.
I wonder what this table will look like in a few years’ time.