Mangere Station To Close
Mangere Rail Station will close from December 9.
It is served by only four southbound AM peak trains each weekday during school term time to primarily serve King’s College students. It will do students good to have to walk a bit more!
Auckland Transport says that the station would require significant upgrade works to continue to operate as the platform would need extending to accommodate 6-car trains and EMUs, AIFS fare payment devices and vending machines would need to be installed for HOP integrated ticketing and the shelter, CCTV and PA system would need upgrading to current standards.
AT says that based on the service provision the cost of lengthening and upgrading cannot be justified. King‟s College students, the overwhelming majority of users of the station, can use Middlemore Station in the morning, which is a few hundred metres walk – as they already do in the afternoons – from the beginning of the 2012 school year.
AAT had consultation with King’s College and users at the station and says one piece of negative feedback was received.
The new February 2012 rail timetable is currently being finalised and approved by the joint KiwiRail, Veolia and AT transport committee. The timetable will include the Manukau Branch Line and improved Western Line frequency.