Valid from: 05/01/2015 12:00am

Work to begin on new Upper Hutt Station – expect a little disruption

A new Upper Hutt Station gets a bit more real from Monday 5 January 2015 when contractors start working on the site.

The station is being redeveloped with a platform upgrade first, followed by the demolition of the old station building and the construction of a new, modern facility that includes a bright, attractive waiting room and ticket office for train users, protection from the wind and rain for bus users, public toilets, and better access for pedestrians and cyclists.  The new building will have facilities for train and bus staff given the station is a terminus.

Paul Swain, Greater Wellington Regional Council’s public transport portfolio leader, says he’s delighted work is getting under way.  “It’s great that people will soon see something tangible going on at the station as we’ve talked for years about this.  Like all building work, there’ll be a little disruption to people’s everyday routines but it really is short-term pain for long-term gain.”

Wayne Guppy, Upper Hutt Mayor, says a new Upper Hutt Station has been anticipated eagerly for some time. “The commencement of this work shows just how well collaboration can work to achieve a great outcome for the community, city, and region. It is also an acknowledgement of how important public transport is to the people of Upper Hutt.”

From Monday 5 January a crew will begin working on the southern end of the platform, making safety improvements and installing more lighting and shelters as this will be the sole waiting area for passengers when the new station building is being constructed.

Parking at the station will be reduced slightly from Monday 5 January as some of this area is needed for construction vehicles and equipment. Early bird park and ride customers will still be able to get a park but customers who arrive later will need to leave home earlier and park further away from the station.

Also, from Monday 5 January, for about three months, all weekday train services running from 9.00am until 2.45pm will be replaced by buses between Upper Hutt and Trentham stations, to enable the platform work to be done without passengers coming and going. Buses will arrive and leave from the existing bus stops at both stations.

NZ Transport Agency Regional Manager Planning and Investment, Lyndon Hammond, says the work is part of a much wider package of improvements that has seen unprecedented levels of investment by local and central government in the region's public transport infrastructure and services. 

"It's really exciting to see this work spring into action.  The station will help public transport to achieve its full potential in Upper Hutt, while creating a far more comfortable environment for the travelling public."

The upgrade, funded by the Regional Council, the NZ Transport Agency and Upper Hutt City Council, is expected to take about 12 months.

Posted on 17 December 2014