Auckland Transport (AT) is permanently closing the two pedestrian crossings across the tracks at Papatoetoe Station to make it safer for customers.
AT is closing pedestrian crossings at stations, when a safer alternative can be provided. This is one of many AT initiatives to keep people safe, especially school children who regularly cross the tracks at Papatoetoe.
A new path is being opened through the park (off Station Road) connecting the existing Park and Ride area to the footbridge entrance adjacent to Station Road. Later in the year, a new stair access will also be put in adjacent to Shirley Road to make it easier to get to the station (see map below).
To improve access, the existing mobility parking within the carpark has been moved closer to the new footpath. AT will also be installing two benches beside the rail station to provide resting areas for people who’re heading to the train station. One will be beside Shirley Road and the second next to the footpath beside Station Road.
Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board Chair Lotu Titi Fuli says, "Our local board puts the safety of our residents as our first priority, especially where children are involved. We ask that the residents of Papatoetoe please be patient and understanding about the changes.
"It will mean an extra two-minute walk, but I'm sure the good people of Papatoetoe will suffer this small inconvenience in order to ensure that the public can use our trains and public transport system more safely."
Use an AT HOP card
Papatoetoe will soon have electronic ticket gates, which means passengers will need to use their valid AT HOP card or a paper ticket to access the station. Other rail stations to have electronic gates installed in the near future include Middlemore, Parnell, Papakura and Glen Innes.
Electronic gates are already used at Britomart, Newmarket, New Lynn, Manukau, Henderson, Ōtāhuhu and Manurewa stations.
Using an AT HOP card makes it simpler for bus and train journeys, with a single fare being charged for each trip of the journey, even if customers take several buses or trains to get to their destination. Simply tag on and off each bus and train and at the end of a journey and customers will be charged a single fare.
During a journey, customers can use up to five buses or trains within four hours, with up to 30 minutes transfer time between each trip.