The Westfield railway station – down the back of the old city abattoir, land now converted to light industrial use – will be closed on 12 March. On the same day, services will begin at the new Parnell Station.
Auckland Transport said yesterday Westfield was one of the quietest stations on the Auckland rail network. At last count, in November, fewer than 330 passengers/day got on or off the trains that stopped there.
Its days had been numbered when Auckland Transport rolled out its new network for bus services last October and opened the new bus & train station 2km down the line at Otahuhu. Bus stops nearby on Great South Rd provide links to Otahuhu, Onehunga, Avondale & Britomart. Consultation on the Westfield station’s fate had already been held in 2013.
AT Metro’s chief officer, Mark Lambert, said other planned improvements in the south included the construction of a new bus station in the Mangere town centre, creation of a new transport hub in Manukau and upgrades of Pukekohe, Manurewa & Papakura stations.
Mr Lambert said the Parnell station, at the foot of Cheshire St in the gully behind Parnell Village’s shops, would serve Parnell businesses & residents, the universities, Auckland Museum and events at the Domain.
Attribution: Auckland Transport release.