Auckland mayor Phil Goff & Transport Minister Phil Twyford said at the weekend Puhinui Station in South Auckland would be turned into a rail & bus interchange at a cost of $60 million, linking to the rapid transit line to the airport.
They said it should be completed in early 2021, before the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation) leaders’ meeting scheduled for November that year.
The NZ Transport Agency will contribute co-investment funding for the project. Auckland Council & its regional fuel tax will provide the balance.
McConnell Dowell – Built Environs has been awarded the station contract.
Mr Goff said the project would create a new southern gateway to the city and the station would be a landmark building: “Together with the new interchanges we have recently opened at Otahuhu, Panmure & Manukau, this new station helps create a 21st century public transport system for our city achieving convenient, regular & quick travel around the city.”
Auckland Transport chief executive Shane Ellison said buses would run every 10 minutes along priority lanes between Puhinui & the airport.
Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board chair Lotu Fuli said the interchange, in a growth area, would make a considerable difference to the local community, and would make public transport more appealing.
The interchange is part of the Southwest Gateway programme devised by the Transport Agency, Auckland Transport & Auckland International Airport Ltd to deliver projects that will improve access to the airport & its surrounding area to benefit workers, travellers, tourists & freight movements.
Attribution: Council release.