Work set to start on Temple crossing

Publish Date : 28 Jun 2023
Manurewa Sikh Temple

Work is set to begin on the pedestrian crossing on Great South Road to service the Nanaksar Sikh Temple.

Manurewa Local Board chair Glenn Murphy says the process of working through funding caused some delays.

“We have now been advised that Climate Emergency Response Fund finance has now been approved and the project will move to construction in July.

“It’s a busy road and many of the older temple users need the security and safety that having a crossing will bring. It’s been a long-time coming and we appreciate the patience that’s been shown.”

Murphy says a contractor is being sought, while temple representatives have been advised of the progress.

In other transport-related matters the board formalised its opposition to separated cycleways encroaching on major arterial roads. Commonly known as ‘Tim-tams’, the same position has also been taken by neighbouring Papakura Local Board.

And the board has also acquired a property between Te Mahia Station and Great South Road to improve access and amenity around the station, with a view to increasing patronage.

“Recent residential developments underline the importance of that,” Murphy says. “We want more people taking the train from Te Mahia, so making the station easier to use is important.”

The board has allocated Transport Capital Fund budget for work to develop the site, with detailed design now complete and work expected to start in July.

Auckland Transport says passenger numbers – which are difficult to compare because of long periods of underuse during the pandemic – do still show more people are returning to the rail network.

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