Auckland Transport have announced that the Parnell Rail Station has moved a step closer after being approved to go into detailed design.
A rail station at Parnell is a step closer with the Board of Auckland Transport approving the commencement of the detailed design phase.
The development of a railway station in Parnell has been proposed for a number of years. It will improve services to Auckland University, the Domain and to Parnell.
Patronage forecasts for 2016 show around 2,000 passengers will get off at Parnell during the morning peak, three-quarters of those are expected to head to the University area. Parnell is predicted to be one of the busiest stations in Auckland.
Auckland Transport chairman Dr Lester Levy says the time is right for the station to go ahead. “The re-alignment of the track and re-signalling in the area is substantially complete, now let’s build a station for all the people who work, live in or visit the Parnell area.”
The Board of Auckland Transport has approved $1.5 million for the detailed design phase, the estimated budget for the completion of the remainder of the project is $15.4 million.
The station is due to be completed in late 2015.
2000 passengers in the morning peak is quite a substantial amount. As a comparison Britomart currently has about 6,000 passengers arrive in the morning peak. I don’t know what other stations currently have during that time but my guess is it could even be higher than Newmarket is now. The modelling also seems to confirm that there isn’t actually that much demand for a station for trips to Parnell or the Museum yet those were the markets focused on when deciding the station location.
I also notice that it says the station will be completed in late 2015 which seems to be another slippage from a few months ago when it was said it would completed in April 2015.
While it will be good having this station open one thing I also want to see is what Auckland Transport are going to be doing to upgrade the connections to Parnell itself. At the moment the backstreets behind Parnell are absolutely horrible places for pedestrians, narrow streets full of cars and carpark entrances. The two photos below are of Cheshire St looking North and South from the entrance to the Mainline Steam site where the station will be located.