Auckland Transport have released a new image of the future Mercury Lane entrance for the Karangahape Rd Station being built as part of the City Rail Link. AT say it is designed so that a development could occur directly above the entrance in the future.
Sadly AT still say that at this stage only one of the two entrances for the K Rd station will be built and all suggestions are that it will only be the Mercury Lane one. This is said to be because there is more development potential around the Mercury Rd entrance compared to around Beresford Square.
I think having only one entrance is a huge mistake as I suspect it will be very unlikely AT or the council will go back and dig up the area any time soon. To me not including the Beresford entrance will eventually be of similar stupidity to the scaling back of the Harbour Bridge in the 50’s.
Here’s the previous image AT had given for the entrance.
And a cut away of the station
As a comparison, here’s what the area currently looks like from this location. There’s something kind of ironic that the Green Party’s Auckland headquarters gets demolished as part of the CRL
AT have now added another new image of the station entrance