Auckland Transport (AT) has begun construction of the new Warkworth Community Transport Hub, led and funded by Rodney Local Board through the Rodney Transport Targeted Rate.
The new hub includes a Park and Ride, bike parking and other transport facilities. It will serve the growing transport needs of the community in and around Warkworth.
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff congratulates Rodney Local Board for getting the project over the line.
“The new Warkworth Community Hub will give people more transport choices and make it easier to get around this fast-growing area of Warkworth,” he says.
“This will help to lower carbon emissions from private vehicles and address traffic congestion.”
Rodney Local Board deputy chair Beth Houlbrooke says the board is excited to see this project underway.
“The community has been very vocal of their desire for improved transport infrastructure and services and we are glad to be able to deliver on yet another one of our commitments.”
Costing approximately $3.7 million the new station will feature:
- a bus layover
- two bus stops
- 137 car parks, including 15 short-term and four accessible parking
- a signalised pedestrian crossing across Great North Road
- two toilet blocks
- bike parking
Originally projected to cost around $5 million, a competitive tendering process undertaken by AT, has resulted in the project cost being confirmed at $3.7 million.
The project is part of the Rodney Local Board Transport Targeted Rate which means that the board will now have an additional $1.3 million to invest in other projects in the targeted rate programme.
Murray Chapman, manager of One Mahurangi (business association), says parking in Warkworth has been a real issue with a lack of parks for our retail staff.
“This hub will free up parks for people to come and spend money and support our local businesses.”
AT’s portfolio delivery director (projects) David Nelson says that Auckland Transport is pleased to deliver this project.
“Rodney Local Board has been key partners in addressing the transport challenges for the growing community in Warkworth and the wider Rodney area. We are proud to be their partners in delivering this new transport hub which will play a key role in managing the community’s current and future transport needs.”