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Integrated transport interchange due in 2006

22 October 2004

Integrated transport interchange due in 2006

Overbridge key component

Waitakere Central’s new transport interchange is scheduled to open in May 2006.

The Council is taking the lead in the Waitakere Central Transport Interchange project, designed as a pivotal connection for buses, trains, taxis, cyclists and pedestrians. It is planned to include a drop-off area and park n ride facility.

Construction of the double tracking of the rail line from west of New Lynn to north of Henderson is planned from March to December 2005. It is intended that by mid 2006 Waitakere City will have improved rail services to Henderson with a functioning transport interchange and connected Civic Centre.

Railway platform facilities will adhere to a standard regional design. However, the concept design provides for additional canopy shelter, a covered overbridge and escalator access.

A key component of the improved transport link will be the overbridge spanning the railway line, joining the Civic Centre (on the Henderson Valley Rd side of the tracks) to the rail platform, bus terminal and the Henderson Town Centre (on the Railside Avenue side).

The concept plan provides for access to the overbridge by stairs, escalators and a lift.

Design work on the overbridge is being done by Architectus-Athfield which designed the Civic Centre. A developed design is expected by mid-November and a detailed design by April 2005.

“We see this as a safe, seamless interchange, which will work effectively on a 24 hour basis,” says Councillor Carolynne Stone

“The overbridge opens up both sides of the railway line so that the rail line is no longer a barrier. This is a catalyst for investment on the “other side” of the tracks – property development, film studios and the new Civic Centre,” says Cr Stone.

Coordination of temporary services

When construction starts on each part of the line, there will be times when the line is closed. The Auckland Regional Council will manage the process and is expected to provide connecting services for passengers.

Until the Civic Centre (and overbridge) is finished in May 2006, it is expected that some temporary pedestrian access to the rail platform will be required.

The rest of double tracking

Double-tracking between New Lynn and Avondale still has to be resolved at the planning level.

The big question: will be it underground or overground?

Not only do the engineering aspects need to be considered but also the wider effects on the New Lynn Town Centre. New Zealand Rail Corp and the Council are investigating the impacts of the various options.

Planning for the other stage of double tracking from Henderson to Swanson is expected to begin in 2005.

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