Te Mahia train use numbers climb back

Publish Date : 15 May 2023

Passenger numbers are returning to normal at Te Mahia Station.

Manurewa Local Board chair Glenn Murphy says Auckland Transport has told the board passenger numbers are back to pre-pandemic levels, and that’s excellent news because the board advocated for the station’s retention and went on to invest in upgrades.

“With work to improve access near Te Mahia imminent, we asked for patronage data. Te Mahia has traditionally had the lowest network patronage, but we are convinced numbers will grow.”

Meanwhile Waiata Shores bridge plans have had to be put on hold pending funding becoming available. 

Murphy says the Papakura and Manurewa boards were working with AT on a pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Papakura Stream.

“AT allocated funds for investigations, appointed a project manager and supplied resources to come up with options that included a preferred approach near Great South Road with a low bridge at an estimated cost of $2.7million.

“That was presented to both boards again, but members indicated funding in the foreseeable future was unlikely, and that the project would not be progressed.”

In other updates, Auckland Transport says residents of Norm Pellow Drive approached the board about on-street parking and road width issues.

Most residences have off-street parking, but the northern end is impacted by overflow parking during Botanic Gardens events.

AT says it only implements residential parking zones when on-street parking exceeds 85 per cent occupancy, which is not the case at Norm Pellow.

Murphy says the Botanic Gardens has done some work to increase on-site parking, but it has yet to be funded. “Residences near venues such as Eden Park have match-day restrictions, but they are only impacted for a few hours, while the Gardens can host events that last a couple of weeks.”

AT cannot take residents-only parking further and says its standard that roads must be seven metres wide is met on the 7.35metre Norm Pellow.

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