A new-look Naenae Station will re-open on Monday 27 August 2012.
The station has been closed for about three months for substantial remedial work, including a brand new station building, new shelters and new platform lighting.
Peter Glensor, Chair of Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Economic Wellbeing Committee which oversees public transport, says the improvements make a huge difference to the look and feel of the station. “I’m delighted with the new look and am sure Naenae residents will be too. It’s a modern, bright and safer place to spend time at while you wait for your train; I’m confident that more people will use the station and subway now.”
Minor work will continue at the station for a week after it opens. During this week off peak trains will stop a little further away than normal from the main station building. “This will mean that people will have a slightly longer walk to and from their trains but it’s only for a week just to complete the finishing touches.”
The station is re-opening one week later than originally planned because of delays caused by bad weather and a temporary shortage of rail iron.
KiwiRail has also taken the opportunity to undertake extensive remedial works on the station platform including re-profiling the platform to stop water pooling, reinforcing the platform frontage to prevent future erosion and resurfacing the platform.
Tranz Metro manager Scott Brooks says doing the work at the same time is not only cost effective but has ultimately lessened the disruption for station users.
“The end result is a lighter, brighter more accessible and much improved station and I would like to thank the Naenae community and commuters for their patience while this work has been carried out.”
The shuttle buses, which have taken Naenae passengers to and from Waterloo Station while the station is closed, will not run after Friday 24 August.