Rail link showcase in Pukekohe highlights benefits for region



The City Rail Link Showcase at Pukekohe Farmer’s market held in June was one of the best attended and most lively of the 13 suburban showcases Auckland Transport ran throughout May and June.
Showcase staff were supported by Franklin Councillor Bill Cashmore and National MP Andrew Bayly in a robust discussion on how the CRL would improve public transport, not just in the city centre but throughout the region.
Most showcase visitors were supportive of the CRL, appreciating that it completes Auckland’s integrated public transport network in much the same way the Western Ring Route does for the city’s motorway system.
By removing the terminus at Britomart Station, the CRL allows 48 trains per hour through Britomart, compared to the current 20, unlocking rail capacity across all the lines to enable more frequent bus train connections.
Pukekohe to Papakura and Waiuku to Pokeno is the fastest growing area in Auckland with predicted growth equal to another Hamilton, and showcase visitors were aware development on such a scale needs public transport infrastructure to support it. Auckland’s rail patronage increased 21% from 2014 to 2015, and for Papakura rail commuters this meant approximately 30,000 more trips and for Pukekohe approximately 20,000 more trips. Under Auckland Council’s Accelerated Transport Programme, upgrades to the Pukekohe Station will occur over three years starting with $1 million for minor works this year.
In the financial year 2016-2017 there will be $10 million funding to increase park and ride capacity and complete the bus train interchange, including a new over-bridge connecting the interchange to Station Road.
Significant concerns about safety at the Papakura and Puhinui stations are being addressed with a major security initiative supported by local police and community groups. Many visitors asked why there was no longer a direct route from Pukekohe to Sylvia Park as they now had to change twice, at Papakura and Puhinui, to get to Sylvia Park or Manukau.
Higher safety standards no longer allow a mixed diesel and electric fleet running on the network so until there is an electrified line from Pukekohe to Papakura commuters will have to change at Papakura.

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