When trains finally start running again after the Christmas shut-down (which is hopefully the last one) one of the changes will be that the Panmure Station will have been completed. The station upgrade has been going on for many months now and thankfully is almost complete. To celebrate this Auckland Transport will be holding an open day a few days earlier. Here are the details.
I was also out this way a few days ago so quickly grabbed a few photos of the progress and I must say, things are looking very good. Much better than how the earlier renders looked. I really like the wood panelling on the roof.
I think the upgraded station will be great and an excellent addition to our PT network however there is one major concern with that has been raised by Cycle Action Auckland. It is that the cycle parking has been dropped off the list after the project costs blew out in other areas.
Work is progressing well on the new train and bus station at Panmure. It’s looking really smart and will be a strategic element in the wider transport choice coming from the AMETI project. We can’t wait to see the safer dedicated cycling routes, which will help address the paucity of non-car transport options that have plagued the eastern sector of Auckland for years.
Given this scenario, imagine our disbelief when we heard that all these good moves are progressing without providing for bike parking at the Panmure station. We asked AT back in April what bike parking was planned; this caused a scurry of internal emails amongst the project team, but no response to Cycle Action. We stayed on the topic, and learnt 2 months ago the project budget had blown out, leaving no money for bike parking. We’ve been assured it will come eventually – “Can’t tell you when – the station will open without it” . Great! – Top marks for integrated transport delivery, AT!
Bike parking is a seriously neglected item in the menu of PT and active transport improvements happening across Auckland. We’re very excited by the electric trains starting early next year. We’ve spent time up on the Northern Busway, which is one of Auckland’s great transport successes, and we love the train station upgrades that are transforming the suburban centres. It’s a great shame with all this investment that Auckland Transport simply doesn’t ‘get’ the fact that cycling has a role in making it easier for people to access and use PT
This is a serious issue and something Auckland Transport need to address quickly, especially given there are not one but two carparks so that people are able to drive to the station. Improving walking and cycling access to all stations is something that Auckland Transport should be focusing on as a top priority.
Come-on AT, get this sorted.