It started with a kiss...

Publish Date : 15 Mar 2024
Kiss And Ride

Commuters taking the train from Papakura won’t be getting a goodbye kiss opposite the station. 

The Wood Street property across the road from the station came up for sale and Papakura Local Board asked Auckland Transport (AT) to investigate it as a ‘kiss and ride’ drop-off point. 

But Board chair Brent Catchpole says train passengers will have to pucker up somewhere else because AT says the corner site isn’t ideal for the entry and exit points needed to support large numbers of cars. 

“AT’s report says high vehicle movements on surrounding roads would add to the problem, and the intersection is not designed to support the traffic a kiss and ride would bring. 
“It’s unfortunate because we have long sought to improve parking around the station, which fills quickly, and can create problems for nearby residents whose streets are parking lots from early in the morning.” 

Catchpole says the Board has also expressed disappointment that ‘at-grade’ park and ride project has not been delivered but accepts that uncertainty around land requirements for more tracks has contributed to that. 

“We don’t want to be spending money on a facility only to find out its sitting on land that is needed to improve the rail network.” 

In receiving the monthly AT report, the board indicated it would use its Transport Capital Fund to support wayfinding signage from the Southern Path to the Papakura town centre, and from the train station to the Hunua Traverse accessing Clevedon, and asked AT to fix Settlement Road and Marne Road intersection kerbing, regularly degraded by large trucks. 

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