Friday, July 29, 2005

Onehunga to get rail?

The Central Leader reports the disused Onehunga branch rail line could be back on track, providing a 25-minute journey from Manukau Harbour to the inner city. Auckland City Council transport committee chairman Richard Simpson says his committee will make a recommendation later this year to coincide with the release of a regional public transport strategy. The link, which runs from Onehunga to Britomart via Penrose and Newmarket, was popular with commuters in the early 1900s but closed to passengers in 1973. Over recent years, a campaign to bring it back has been gathering steam. Auckland-based lobby group Campaign for Better Transport convener Cameron Pitches says it took just 22 minutes to travel by train from Onehunga to the inner city in the 1970s. A final decision on whether to reopen the route lies with the Auckland Regional Transport Authority, which controls rail network fundi
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Other suburban stories:
Work to upgrade Meadowbank train station has yet to start - causing the project to be delayed by another month.A public notice in the East & Bays Courier on June 3 said work on the station would be completed by the end of September. The announcement came after rail users complained they had not been kept informed by the Auckland Regional Transport Network, who hoped to complete the station by May. The work has been further delayed because an Auckland City Council backlog means building consent has not been granted. Read more here.

A Kingsland fashion design business is claiming $20,000 in compensation for losses incurred during prolonged building of a new railway station. Sera Mitchinson and Stephen Wilson, who opened the Selector clothing store next to the Kingsland station in March last year, are seeking the money from the Auckland Regional Transport Authority. They say business was initially good, but customers were turned off when builders moved on to the station site last December.


Blogger Lewis said...

Great to hear - Onehunga should be re-opened, I'm certain there is enough interest there to make a service viable. Are there currently bus services to Onehunga?

1:42 AM  
Blogger Dominika said...

Is this train station going to be the one next to Ericsson Stadium? How many people would use this considering it's in an industrial area?

10:44 AM  

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