Mt Albert Upgrade Soon
Work is starting on revitalising the tired looking Mt Albert train station which will get a $4.8m upgrade later this year.
Auckland Transport confirms it has already briefed architects to start looking at a way to achieve those better facilities.
The old Auckland City Council had begun looking at a revamped train station but as part of a revitalised town centre.
That plan included a transport interchange involving the train station and buses on the busy New North Rd. But it said that interchange won’t happen for at least 10 years and in fact there are 2 dates given – by 2030 and 2050! It included buying the carpark next to the large Video Ezy store so that an entrance could be provided to the station from New North Rd.
The new local board had asked the present Council about a budget item it noticed for $294,000 for capex as part of improvements to the town centre. The Council says this is for the detailed design work around the station and it did not envisage the town centre renewal would proceed beyond the train station work “at this stage.”
Under the Council’s plan there was budget of $1.4m in the 2012/13 financial year for the actual train station work and a further $2m in 2013/14.
But it says Auckland Transport is now the agency for it and thankfully AT has brought things forward to make at least the station upgrade happen.
The ideas of Unitec student Brendan Scott-Woods who won a Mt Albert urban design contest are being considered.
He suggested a public plaza built over the station, new park and bus lanes along New North Rd and moving the St Lukes library to the area.
More of his designs here:
Auckland Transport confirm construction will commence late this year on the station upgrade and it will be finished about this time next year,