While out on my trip to Manukau yesterday I stopped off at Ellerslie to see how things were going with the station upgrade. A brief history for those that haven’t followed what is happening, The NZTA are paying for the station upgrade as they have narrowed the platform by 2m which is enough to allow them to build an extra northbound motorway lane. I last visited in Feb and while it is still a construction zone, things look really close to being finished.
I do like the covered bridge and stairs and wish we could get that at other stations. It would also be nice if it could be extended along the platform so that there isn’t gaps in the shelter. The image below gives a great example of how much room has now been created by moving the platform to allow the extra motorway lane. As I have said before, I really do hope that we can get a nice noise barrier installed. I used to use the station daily and never thought about it but in the last two times I have visited I have really noticed just how loud things are with traffic passing by. It makes listening to things like music while waiting for the train much harder and a less pleasant experience.
The lifts look really nice and stand out well
And here is the entrance from Kalmia St including the other lift