Where For Parnell Stop?
Carlaw Park moved briefly back into the spotlight this morning for a new Parnell station but later the ARC opted for the Cheshire option.
This after it’s revealed today that KiwiRail is considering leasing the Mainleam Steam area at Cheshire St, the land of which is owns, to NZ Bus as a bus depot.
The site would be leased for up to 60 Link buses during the night and 20 buses during the day.
Permanent use of the building for NZ Bus was a possibility.
The main building would be kept in the interim but all out buildings, including the one storey “lean to” building on the eastern section, would be demolished.
The plan has fired up Parnell Inc, the business group, which has been pressing for a Cheshire St “destination” station “that consolidates transport infrastructure around the heart of a community,” involving the use of the Mainline building, (see plan here ).
The group is strongly opposed to the bus depot plan, saying the small Parnell back streets are not designed for a steady flow of buses and it’s alarmed at the planned demolition of an historic building.
“We are alarmed both by the viewpoint that this building is not worthy of saving and by the lack of imaginative thought for this building in the context of future development on this site, ” says Parnell Inc spokesperson Debbie Harkness in a letter to both KiwiRail and Infratil.
“We maintain our resolve to promote a visionary use of this very key site which has not been appreciated by infratil. While the site is very run down and ‘out of sight’, it is in a very strategic location with the ability of effectively link the Domain with Parnell and create an iconic destination or urban design hub focussing on green and train transport, rather than bus storage or terminals.”
ARC officials say either Cheshire or Carlaw is feasible. The Cheshire St plan would require considerable development on high value land. A station at Carlaw Park would suit the university, business and Vector Arena.
ARTA has put aside $1.5m to move forward with designs for a Parnell station and detailed design work will start soon for a station at either Cheshire St or Carlaw Park .
This will provide analysis, including costings, to be put forward before a decision on which one is made.
But it seems the decision has definitely been taken for one or the either.
ARTA, the Auckland City Council (which recently proposed a cycleway to the area) and an ARC official met with KiwiRail a few weeks ago about the situation and is hoping it will work with them on the development before it commits otherwise to a bus depot.
This is ARTA’s preliminary analysis of both locations:
UPDATED HERE WITH ARC DECISION