Manukau Station First Look
Manuaku’s new train station is looking awesome.
Structural work is almost done, tracks are all laid including inside the 300m rail trench, there’s talk of a trial train being sent in this week and train drivers are scheduled to be trained during October.
The station will open in February when other improvements will come in such as a new timetable bringing 10 minute services on the Western Line and expected weekend timetable improvements.
This is the first extension of the Auckland rail network since the eastern line in 1930.
The trench gives the station a New Lynn feel about it. Part of the rail link runs inside a 300m trench beginning at Lambie Dr and finishing at Davies Ave. It is 7m deep at its deepest point and 18m wide at its widest. 47,000 m3 of silty Puketoka sands were excavated in total
There are only stairs at the moment – escalators will come later as they did at New Lynn and there’s a lift alongside.
The station stairs enable a brisk only 5 minute walk to the Manukau shopping mall which is better than earlier concerns that the station was too far from the mall.
The 2km section of new track links Davies Ave in Manukau City with the Southern railway line at Puhinui.
The track runs under Lambie Drive and Plunket Ave and across Hayman Park. The track runs alonside the motorway.
The Manukau Institute of Technology is opening a new campus adjacent to the new station and there will also be a transport hub for buses like New Lynn’s.