Penrose Safety Concerns
Poor lighting, no security cameras. A long way from the road. In the middle of an industrial area.
This means potentially more commuters using the old station to cross over the footbridge between the two lines and transferring from the southern to the Onehunga.
This is the distance between the platforms via the footbridge.
Penrose is also popular with those attending Mount Smart events such as BDO and Warriors matches.
“The new Penrose station (platform 3) with PID really puts the other two platforms to shame. When you consider it is highly used for events at Mount Smart, it really needs to be looking a lot better than it is today.
Has ARTA forgotten about upgrading Penrose?
Perhaps the building should be offered to the Tuakau or Te Kauwhata communities who want a heritage station building and would make good use. That would free the mainline platforms up for proper redevelopment to something “world class”?”
I wonder. Maybe the old station could be moved to the planned Parnell heritage station stop (although that proposal isn’t moving fast at the moment).
But they did move the Birdcage-Rob Roy tavern so anything’s possible.
And then they could build a nice new Penrose 1 and 2 platform.
That has improved a little since the old cave-like waiting structure was removed. It used to attract some drunk and menacing people.
Penrose after 6pm on a wet windy night, as we have experienced in the last week, doesn’t feel safe especially as the only escape from trouble is over the footbridge which could be blocked by any troublemakers.
Personally, having been on a New York platform near where someone got shot over a drug deal confrontation, I am fairly relaxed about travelling at night on railin Auckland!
But feeling safe and secure is essential if public transport is going to be attractive for all members of the public.
Women by themselves especially may feel vulnerable on the old Penrose station.