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World class travel for Britomart users

World class travel for Britomart users

Aucklanders were able to witness a moment in history today when the first passenger train rolled in to the impressive Britomart Transport Centre early this morning.

Britomart railway station is now fully operational and providing a convenient hub for commuters in downtown Auckland. This opening is one of the first event milestones for Auckland City Council: it is the culmination of all the hard construction work started in November 2001.

Temporary access arrangements have been provided, as the final touches are being made: Access to the station is by;
- stairs via the concourse under the former Chief Post Office (CPO)
- lifts via the glasshouse that connects the station with the former CPO
- lifts, stairs and escalators at the eastern end of the station Passengers can be dropped off or picked up on Galway Street. Tickets can be purchased at the temporary ticketing and information area at the eastern end (B1 level). Ambassadors will be on site to help and answer any queries.

The opening of the train station supports Auckland City Council’s inspired vision for the Central Business District (CBD). It is a beginning for Auckland and its public transport network. The new Britomart Transport Centre will serve existing bus and rail services and the adjacent ferry to suburban destinations around the harbour.

“Britomart is a major step in creating a modern, integrated public transport network for Auckland,” says Councillor Greg McKeown. “Britomart not only gives the CBD a world class transport centre, but it is also a crucial part of an integrated public transport network, that will link many thriving centres within Auckland City and the region.”

The Britomart Transport Centre will officially open on Friday 25 July 2003 and a free public festival day will follow on Saturday 26 July 2003. This festival day will provide an opportunity for all to fully explore the station and celebrate the successful completion of Britomart.

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