New Design, New Station. Puhinui Station Completed And Ready To Reopen.
The long-anticipated Puhinui Station in south Auckland re-opened at the end of July 2021. The $69 million upgrades unlocked fast, frequent and easy connections to Auckland Airport.
The Puhinui Station has been closed off for construction since September 2019. The new station will connect trains with the electric AirportLink bus service, providing a sustainable and easy 10-12 minute journey to Auckland Airport from Puhinui Station.
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says he’s looking forward to the re-opening of the station.
“The new Puhinui Station will provide a much-improved public transport experience and guaranteed travel times for bus and train commuters, particularly those heading towards Auckland Airport and its employment precinct,” he says.“It will help to address congestion and is another step in the creation of Auckland’s 21st century transport network.”
Some of the new design features for the fully-staffed station include new escalators, stairs and large lifts to accommodate customers with luggage. There’s also public toilets that use recycled storm water for flushing, drop-off zones and short-term parking bays; along with new and larger platform shelters, a HOP ticket gateline, improved safety, lighting and CCTV.
The station was designed by Aurecon, with architectural design by Jasmax, and constructed by a McConnell Dowell and Built Environs joint venture. It’s future-proofed to allow for additional platforms and KiwiRail’s third and fourth rail lines.
Puhinui Station has created an easy, affordable and reliable connection from Auckland Airport into wider Tamaki Makaurau.
People can now travel from Britomart to Auckland Airport, via Puhinui, in 45 minutes for the price of a flat white ($5.40), with travel times from Papakura to the airport only 30 minutes and costing $3.90.
Due to the frequent weekend track closures on the southern line to allow for critical work to improve Auckland’s rail network and ready it for the City Rail Link (CRL) – buses will replace trains to and from Puhinui Station during most weekends in 2021.
Works, being delivered by KiwiRail, are underway to rearrange the busy Wiri and Westfield junctions to build a third track to ease congestion through the busiest part of the network between Otahuhu and Wiri. Once completed, the upgrades will enable increased capacity and better separation of freight and passenger trains, readying the network for the opening of the CRL, which is scheduled to open in late 2024.
Friday 2nd July 2021 – Media Release
Read the Media Release here.
© Auckland Council 2021
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