Improving access to Te Mahia Station is going to be more expensive than envisaged.
Manurewa Local Board has committed extra funding to the project, in development since 2018 when the then board, chaired by now Manurewa-Papakura Councillor Angela Dalton, bought land next to the station with a view to improving safety to lift patronage.
Board Chair Glenn Murphy says the board wanted to improve the look and feel of the station approach, add safety features and ensure Te Mahia was attractive to potential users, especially given housing development in the general area.
“Investigation work and design began at the end of 2021 with funds made available from our Local Board Transport Capital Fund.
“Despite changes in project managers and delays resulting from COVID-19, the project went through investigation, engagement and detailed design stages last year.
“More recent work has taken the concept design through to detailed design, but costs have increased significantly, not just as a result of inflation.
“Auckland Transport will provide staging options and a proposed timeline to progress the project, and we have allocated more funding from our 2022-2025 Local Board Transport Capital Fund.”
Murphy says the board has also agreed to taking a staged approach to progress the project if necessary, and asked AT to investigate ways to reduce the cost of delivering the upgrade to Te Mahia.
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