New station boost for Upper Hutt commuters
GWRC is about to begin building a new, attractive Upper Hutt rail and bus station, meaning some significant changes for commuters.
Upper Hutt Regional Councillor Paul Swain says the new station building will be a wonderful asset for Upper Hutt City. “The station will be a far more attractive place to catch trains and buses from and I’m confident more people will consider taking public transport as a result,” he says.
“In the meantime, however, construction does involve disruption to people’s routines. It’s a real challenge for staff to keep a station open for regular services while rebuilding it so I’d like to thank commuters in advance for their patience and cooperation.”
Within the next couple of weeks the station building will be cordoned off to prepare it for demolition.
Trains will stop at and leave from further down at the southern end of the platform as a result. Several new shelters with colourful panels designed by local artist Mary Amour have been installed there to protect commuters from wind and rain.
From Saturday 9 May bus stops A, B and C on Station Crescent will be closed and relocated further north along Station Crescent. From Monday 11 May the ticket office will be relocated to a section of the Park & Ride near the platform.
Also, in early May the taxi rank will move from Station Crescent to the edge of the Park & Ride just north of the station building.
The new station is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
Full details of all these changes and a brochure are available at www.metlink.org.nz/service-updates