Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Barnett argued yesterday against closing Westfield rail station, saying it was shortsighted: “The closure decision appears to have been undertaken in isolation from Auckland Council’s urban intensification plans for this area of Auckland.
“There is a large workforce at nearby industries. This decision won’t help them change from using their motor vehicles to using public transport.
“While patronage is currently low, as the rail system is modernised & improved and the intensification of more businesses to the area takes place, a much wider uptake during the working day could be expected over time.”
Mr Barnett said Auckland Transport claimed to be creating a network that would be both useful & convenient for more people in South Auckland. But he said closing Westfield would do nothing to improve travel for South Auckland workers & residents, and nothing significant for the rest of Auckland either: “The decision should be about the network and integrating the station’s improvement as part of Auckland Council’s long-term urban intensification plans.”
18 January 2017: Westfield station to close, Parnell to open
Attribution: Chamber of Commerce release.