New transport hub on its way
A new railway station is on the way for Upper Hutt, providing a modern transport hub for the city.
“The new station will provide a modern look for Upper Hutt, a much needed face lift for the centre of town and a proper transport hub that will serve public transport users for years to come,” says Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy and Regional Councillor Paul Swain.
Draft plans for the new station include a light modern waiting room and ticket office for train users, public toilets, facilities for bus and train staff, better access for pedestrians and cyclists, improved lighting and CCTV to improve safety at night.
This significant investment in the Upper Hutt transport hub has been achieved through collaboration with Upper Hutt City Council, the Regional Council and the NZ Transport Agency.
The decision to build a new building came after quantity surveyors assessing the existing station found that it wouldn’t be commercially viable to refurbish.
The surveyors found that it may be more expensive trying to alter and extend certain sections of the existing station than to undertake a complete rebuild. While detailed planning has yet to be done, construction is due to start sometime this financial year, and is likely to take at least a year to complete.
“The important thing for Upper Hutt is that a new station is about to become a reality that will serve public transport users for years to come. That day can’t come soon enough,” says Mr Swain.