The Parnell Train Station, a staged development on Auckland’s rail network, will become a vital link for students and local residents when fully complete
A new transport link
Auckland has a new transport link to Parnell and the universities, with the official opening of the Parnell Train Station.
The station on Cheshire Street provides access to Parnell and will later link to the Auckland Domain, the University of Auckland and AUT. It opened for limited services on 12 March and was officially opened the following day by Auckland mayor Phil Goff.
The station is a staged development, stage one of which comprises the basic station and platforms, connected via the existing underpass which also connects Parnell and the Auckland Domain, plus passenger shelters and AT HOP card readers. The old Newmarket Station building has been relocated to the site and its exterior is being refurbished by KiwiRail.
Stage two will be developed at a later date, to complete the station and its environs to full standard. Comprehensive services will be scheduled when other network and timetable developments are completed.
A vital link
Auckland Transport chairman Dr Lester Levy says the new $12 million station will become a vital link for students and local residents.
“We are well aware of the needs of the area, and we took the attitude that it was vital to get even limited services stopping here as soon as possible," he says. “We’ve had great support from KiwiRail and the Parnell and university communities to get the station up and running.”
To begin with, the station is servicing all Southern Line trains, and on the weekends and off-peak it will service Western Line trains. When stage one is complete later this year, the station will be equipped with electronic gates, CCTV, improved access, mobility parking, and upgraded connections to Cheshire Street and Nicholls Lane.
When the station is complete and receiving full services, up to 2000 passengers a day are expected to get off the train every morning and head to the universities.