Improving Stations – Part 2: Layout

At the beginning of the month I started a series looking at how we can improve our train stations, beginning with the lack of shelter. I started this after Auckland Transport sent out a survey titled “Help us improve train stations“ but with a focus on how they could generate more money from passengers through initiatives such as selling advertising, or snacks from vending machines.…
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ATs rail assets and costs

Occasionally Auckland Transport will publish reports that originally went to their closed after they’re no longer deemed to be confidential. One of these released recently was a deep dive into ATs rail infrastructure and contained quite a bit of interesting but somewhat wonky information, particularly around rail related assets AT have.…
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Where’s the Shelter

Yesterday my train to town had door problems at Avondale station, ultimately resulting in the service being cancelled and all passengers forced to disembark and wait for the next train. Along with all the other issues and frustration that usually go along with faults on the rail network, this episode had the added bonus of it pouring with rain as hundreds of people were kicked off.…
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New Station Graphics

If you’ve caught a train recently you may have noticed a change to the shelters at most stations, the glass on the shelter walls has a new look to it.These have replaced the motifs that previously adorned many stations.From what I’ve seen  the new design seems to let in more light which is good and the company behind it say the pattern allows for better camera vision and that it does an excellent job of hiding scratch tags.…
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New AT Station Signs

As part of Auckland Transport’s trial around platform markings they are also updating other signage at stations. I need to get out and have a look at them in more detail but one of the most obvious changes is in the station name signs.…
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Panmure Public Piano

Brilliantly someone at AT has thought to install a piano at Panmure Station. Passing through in the afternoon lull it was really great to hear random members of the public bashing out tunes. Some were really good too. No one attempted Rach 3, and there were a few repeats of Chopsticks and wonky versions of Fur Elise, but there were also a couple pretty handy players.…
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