Battle To Save Muri
In Wellington, a small community is battling to save its railway station which is used by only 30 people a day.
Those affected still have a Pukerua Bay station they can use only 800m away.
Muri train station, one of 2 in Pukerua Bay on the Kapiti line is to close.
The Wellington Regional Council and Kiwirail say the platform needs $750,000 in repairs to be safe for the new Matangi trains.
An independent risk assessment, commissioned by KiwiRail late last year as part of its safety requirements, found some very serious safety issues. The study identified 63 overall hazards and key ones were:
- Excessive gaps between the platform and trains – the worst gaps on the Wellington network
- Inadequate platform lighting
- A wooden extension of the platform that is decaying significantly
- Structural defects, possibly from subsidence
- Extremely limited disabled access
On the basis of the report, KiwiRail recommended two main options – either a $600,000 partial redevelopment or a $1.3million redevelopment of the station.
Greens’ Gareth Hughes has taken up the cause and says with rising oil prices, residents who live on the outskirts of Wellington need better public transport options and closing Muri station will force locals to use their cars.
“Many Pukerua Bay residents commute to Wellington on a daily basis, and the elderly and parents with young children also frequent the station.”
The station was built in 1952.