New Parnell Station’s Look
Works are about to get underway near the Mainline Steam depot at the foot of the Domain to lower the tracks between Parnell and Newmarket for the proposed new Parnell train stop.
If all goes well, the station at the foothills of the Domain alongside Mainline Steam’s depot would be open about September next year. It will incorporate the old Newmarket train station building.
At last estimate made public , the full station and necessary track work will cost $14m.The old Newmarket station building will be relocated to the site to add to its heritage theme at a cost of $1.10m.
Auckland Transport has released new designs.
Earlier drawings have shown this:
Auckland Transport planners have been predicting that the station will end up being among the 5th most used stations on the Auckland rail network.
The old Newmarket building, which was removed for the construction of the present revamped station, is in storage in Henderson.It is in two sections and will need to be re-joined after the move to its new home Parnell. Mainline Steam is keen to use some of the building for its offices.
This is how Newmarket looked until a couple of years ago.
One of the arguments that has been going on since the plan emerged in the ARC days has been whether it is just for people to visit the Museum and Parnell or can also serve as a stop for some university students.
It’s pleasing to see the latest concepts accept the need for the station to connect with the university.
The project has been called complex and challenging because of the:
- The impact on the Domain
- A lengthy planning and consultation process involving the Council, iwi, residents and businesses
- Maintaining long-term track access for Mainline Steam
- The challenge of achieving progress in that Christmas block when trains are not running
- Getting it all done ahead of electrification
- Maintaining and enhancing the frequency and reliability of the services involved