Kingsland Gets Shelter
Another $2.1m is to be spent at Kingsland station to keep RWC2011 fans away from the rain.
Construction is starting to place canopies along exposed areas of the station.
The canopies will be 36 metres long on each platform at the western end of the station and 18m at the city end. The existing shelters are approx. 12 m long on each platform.
The canopies will be a similar style to those used on the pedestrian bridge across the southern motorway to Ellerslie Station and outside Auckland Airport.
The new ones are considered more open and suited to large crowds.
Auckland Transport says the existing shelters at Kingsland will be upgraded to the same style as these new ones after Rugby World Cup.
There are no plans to roll these out to the rest of the network, as the style is suited for large crowds.
There will be guttering front and back, with downpipes, drainage etc at the back.
Crowds presently tend to gather at one section of the platform around the existing shelters, but the new shelters mean they’ll be spread more evenly, according to Auckland Transport.
Other shelters will be upgraded to the same style after RWC 2011, which is more open and suited to large crowds.
Auckland Council projects opening before the RWC include:
- Opening of North Wharf, a new waterfront entertainment area on Wynyard Quarter
- The opening of the Wynyard Crossing, an opening bridge spanning the Viaduct Harbour, making it easier for people to get around the waterfront environment
- Opening of the Viaduct Events Centre, increasing visitor numbers to the waterfront and providing more options for conferences and conventions post-Rugby World Cup
Like at all stations, in the rain you get wet soon at Kingsland after you exit the train.