Sunday, February 26, 2006

Time for some public protest

The Herald's excellent commentator Brian Rudman wrote a disturbing piece about how past plans and promises about the rail have simply not been kept giving us little hope anything will ever change.

Take the appalling state of the Newmarket platform (above) and the bizarre way the train has to backout of the station, the dis-used Onehunga line that is just waiting to be activated the state of platforms everywhere and the fact that the growing number of passengers mean most of us now spend our travelling life having to stand in cramped smelly hot carriages.

Local and government politicians that promised much about the rail and seem now to be going to deliver nothing need to be warned: we will dump them all next election. Maybe it's time for a petition.


Blogger James Pole said...

The photo shows Henderson Station, not Newmarket. Unless my eyes are deceiving me?

8:18 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

Definitely Henderson (even a sign saying so).

Definitely decrepit.

As part of Mayor Bob's Ego Palace there will be a more modern Henderson facility sometime this year-ish. Unless it gets called "Waitakere Central" as Bob wants, in which case there will not be a Henderson station at all.

11:30 PM  
Blogger Gary F said...

I heard that an extension will be built out from the side of West City, passing over Railside Avenue, and result in the mall encompassing the station.

I'm not passing off the idea myself because I can't see any other way that the station could be expanded upon, particularly to merit the name that Bob wants to give it. I guess that otherwise we could expect something similar to what's at Kingsland -- though I don't find that set-up particularly mindblowing and modern.

Has anyone else noticed that one of the sizeable pillars from the Civic Centre footbridge has been placed right next to the current single railway line? It looks as if, when double tracking finally takes place, the other line will have to be threaded through quite a small gap between the other side of the pillar and the Civic building itself.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

I think the existing track is in for a major realignment, closer to Railside Ave.

Henderson station plans

Last I heard, the bridge is not extended to the mall.

7:51 PM  
Blogger concerned_citizen said...

I am completely jaded with Auckland transport. Just this evening I was forced to drive through drizzle and 3rd world-like clusters of cars and buses.

Direct action NOW!

I'm going to put together a simple A4 poster that people can print out and post all over the city.

10:09 PM  
Blogger pwp said...

Did you know that during the latest Auckland train fire, the conductor, upon being told there was smoke coming in the carriage door, promptly locked the door so that passengers could not get out.
The passengers forced open the door themselves and made their escape.

2:00 AM  

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