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New transport interchange and tertiary campus for Manukau city centre
19 June, 2009




A new transport interchange and tertiary campus are the first stages in a long term plan to lift Manukau city centre to a new level, Manukau Mayor Len Brown says.

Manukau City Council and Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) have announced plans for a city centre tertiary campus closely linked with the new train and bus station. They will be built on a section of Hayman Park on the corner of Davies Ave and Wiri Station Rd that has been ear-marked for development for a number of years.

Work should begin soon on the train and bus station, which is due to open in late 2010. Stage one of the planned tertiary campus is likely to be open to its first students at the start of the 2012 academic year.

MIT will open the campus with an initial 1500 full time equivalent students, with numbers expected to increase during the next decade. The initial building will have a floor area of approximately 10,000 square metres.

Manukau Mayor Len Brown says the campus and station plan has a number of benefits for the city.

"It will have major spin-offs by increasing the educational achievements of our residents and by unlocking the economic potential of the city centre.

"The council has been pushing for many years to get a tertiary campus in the city centre that offers a full range of courses. Education needs to be available close to home for Manukau residents so they have the best opportunities possible.

"This is the first stage in a long term plan to lift the city centre to a new level. The campus and station will attract a lot more people to the city centre and help kickstart further investment.

"This should help create a better city centre - one that is easy to get around attractive, well used, safe and lively both day and night," Mr Brown says.

"MIT is uniquely placed because of its history of success in partnering with universities to be the driver of this exciting development," says Manukau Institute of Technology Acting Chief Executive, Peter Quigg.

"The facility will encourage both new and returning students to fully participate in tertiary and university education."

Manukau City Council Portfolio Leader David Collings says the Manukau train station and bus interchange is expected to be one of the busiest in the country.

"Approximately 600,000 passengers a year will use the train station, a similar level to Newmarket, only Britomart will be busier. About 1.2 million people are expected to use the bus station each year.

"We want people to be able to have the choice of using public transport for getting around the city. Having a train and bus station only minutes away from where they study will make it easy for students to use public transport," Cr Colling says.

The transport interchange and tertiary campus projects are part of a draft masterplan the council has developed to create a better city centre - one that is easy to get around and attracts people and investment to the area.

The long term aim is to create opportunities for investment, economic development, better public spaces and to make the environment an attractive part of the city centre.

The council owns approximately 21.5 hectares, about 78 per cent, of land in Manukau's central business district. This means the council holds the key to unlocking its potential by working with development partners on projects to improve the city centre. The draft masterplan sets out key design principles to guide development.

About the tertiary campus

MIT is planning to establish a tertiary campus in Manukau city centre that offers a wide range of tertiary education programmes including business and commerce.

As it develops, other university and tertiary education providers will offer programmes and degrees at the campus.

MIT will start the first semester of 2012 with an initial 1500 full time equivalent students, with numbers expected to increase during the next decade. The initial building will have a floor area of approximately 10,000 square metres

Students coming to the campus and the services needed to support it will help improve the city centre economically and socially.

The tertiary campus will require accommodation and car parking options as it develops. This and the anticipated commercial demand for office space is a good sign for the re-generation of the city centre.

About Manukau city centre train and bus station

The first stage of the project will see ONTRACK digging a deep trench on a section of Hayman Park close to the corner of Davies Ave and Wiri Station Rd. The 11 metre deep trench is for the rail tracks and platform where trains will arrive and leave.

Passengers will come up escalators from the train station into the interchange on the corner of Putney Way and Davies Ave. Close to this will be a new tertiary campus and on Davies Ave there will be capacity for about eight bus bays. The Manukau station will be the main hub for most of the bus services in the south of the Auckland region.

The rail link and transport interchange is a joint project between ONTRACK, the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) and Manukau City Council. It is the first new rail route to be built in Auckland since the eastern line in 1930.

The 1.8km section of new track will link Davies Ave in Manukau City with the Southern railway line at Wiri. The track will run under Lambie Drive and Plunket Ave and across Hayman Park. The new track will run alongside the new SH20 Manukau motorway extension and will be mostly double-tracked to achieve convenient and frequent services.

The project is part of a $600m upgrade of Auckland's rail network which, when completed, will allow more frequent and reliable passenger services and improve pedestrian safety around the rail network.
 

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I think this project will really help make the Manukau Rail station (which really should have gone all the way to the mall) much more of a useful station if it is situation right in the uni campus.
 

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Working on tomorrow’s Manukau city centre


The creation of a new transport interchange and tertiary campus are the first stages in a long term plan to re-generate Manukau city centre. in late 2010 the new rail line and train station will open on a section of Hayman Park on the corner of Davies Ave and Wiri station Rd. The first stage of aplanned tertiary campus in the same area is likely to be open to its first students in 2012. This part of Hayman Park has long been ear-marked for development to unlock the economic potential of Manukau city centre. it is part of a draft masterplan the council has developed to create a better city centre – one that is easy to get around and attracts people and investment to the area. The aim is to have a city centre that is attractive, well used, safe and lively both day and night. Projects like the train station and tertiary campus create opportunities for investment, economic development, better public spaces and to make the environment an attractive part of the city centre. The council owns approximately 21.5 hectares, about 78 percent, of land in Manukau’s central business district. This means the council holds the key to unlocking its potential by working with development partners on projects to improve the city centre. The draft masterplan sets out key design principles to guide development.


Work on the new train and bus station is expected to begin soon. The first stage of the project will see ONTRACK digging a deep trench on a section of Hayman Park close to the corner of Davies Ave and Wiri station Rd. The 11 metre deep trench is for the rail tracks and platform where trains will arrive and leave. Passengers will come up escalators into the station on the corner of Putney Way and Davies Ave. Close to the station will be a new tertiary campus and on Davies Ave there will be about eight bus bays. The Manukau station will be the main hub for
most of the bus services in the south of the Auckland region. The Manukau train and bus station is expected to be one of the busiest in the country, competing with Newmarket for the second-highest number of passengers after Britomart. Approximately 600,000 passengers a year are expected to use Manukau rail station and 1.2 million will use the bus station each year. The rail link and transport interchange is a joint project between ONTRACK, the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) and Manukau City Council. it is the first new rail route to be built in Auckland since the eastern line in 1930. The 1.8km section of new track will link Davies Ave in Manukau city with the southern railway line at Wiri. The track will run under Lambie Drive and Plunket Ave and across Hayman Park. The new track will run alongside the new sH20 Manukau motorway extension and will be mostly double-tracked to achieve convenient and frequent services. The project is part of a $600m upgrade of Auckland’s rail network which, when completed, will allow more frequent and reliable passenger services and improve pedestrian safety around the rail network.
 

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Excellent! See the effect that the New Lynn Rail Trench is having on other projects.

If its only a few hundred metres from station to mall then that should be fine. 500+ metres and some people will be turned off. A kilometre and I can't see South Aucklanders giving up their cars.
 

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why are people so lazy to walk a few hundred metres..!
i saw where Hayman park is and walked to the mall from it the other day..
piss easy!!
stop moaning ok
I agree that walking isn't really a problem and we should all be doing more of it anyways ;-) but I think the main issue with where the station comes out is that it's pretty desolate at present and a lot of people will be put off walking there at nights when they mightn't feel so safe. Once the area is bulked up a bit more with some developments and apartments it will become more pleasant to go there and I think the uni development will be a great one to kick start it off.
 

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The other issue is, if you had to choose between students going to/from lectures walking 200m or shoppers - who are potentially loaded with bags/groceries and therefore would normally take a car - then surely the former is better.

Still, its a great development which will do much for Manukau. And Auckland, in 2012, having three stations with 600,000+ leaving/arriving passengers? Unthinkable a few years ago.

CBD loop for 2015? Haha.....one can only dream.
 

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but theres going to be a transport centre aswell so it might aswell be next to it.. as if they would ever put a transport centre below ground.. maybe they will have mini transfer buses for shoppers. if they gona do mega shopping take a car!
 

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@ KLK's post (before he edited it)

Regarding land ownership,
75% of the land in the city centre is owned by the council.

Just a report on what's going on in the city centre...A new building was developed on Cavendish drive. Looked really nice. I was anticipating a street cafe to open, but the street is now even worse for pedestrians than before because a DRIVE THROUGH ASB bank was opened after a couple of weeks.

Similarly, there is a huge new development on Great South Road with about 3-4 new buildings. After the first building was opened, an even bigger carpark was constructed right in front. To top it all off, a new Countdown supermarket is about to open....and what do you expect? MORE carparks.

The council has been very slow with development over the years. They own 75% of the land, and could make the centre into an amazing urban area. But all they have been able to do over the past years is design another...wait for it...carparking building. I dont mind the carparking building as such, just the fact that they have spent so many years designing only a carparking building is ridiculous. IMO, they have put minimum investment into the area. The whole 'CBD' is practically a huge car-yard. :2cents:
 

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@ KLK's post (before he edited it)

Regarding land ownership,
75% of the land in the city centre is owned by the council.

Just a report on what's going on in the city centre...A new building was developed on Cavendish drive. Looked really nice. I was anticipating a street cafe to open, but the street is now even worse for pedestrians than before because a DRIVE THROUGH ASB bank was opened after a couple of weeks.
You know NZ really is going backwards when drive through banks start opening. I saw them in the US years ago and was glad that aspect of American culture hadn't reached us yet, guess it was just a matter of time.
 

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@ KLK's post (before he edited it)

Regarding land ownership,
75% of the land in the city centre is owned by the council.
Haha. Yeah - read the article again and with 75% of land owned by the council, a lack of available land for purchase closer to the mall wouldn't have been an issue.
 

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You know NZ really is going backwards when drive through banks start opening. I saw them in the US years ago and was glad that aspect of American culture hadn't reached us yet, guess it was just a matter of time.
You got that right! The council doesnt do shit here. Dont get me wrong, I really like Len Brown, but most of the council's work is focussed in places like Mangere and Otara, so its more of a cultural institution than anything else. Thats why Len Brown is not so popular in East Auckland.
 

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CBD loop for 2015?
Not unless there is a change of government before then and that is highly unlikely to happen. Local government just could not afford to do it on their own.

At $1Billion there is no way the CBD loop will ever be built under the current administration you can bet the house on that. Sadly DART will be the end of any extentions to the Auckland metro rail system for probably the next decade. Depressing as that is.
 

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Not unless there is a change of government before then and that is highly unlikely to happen. Local government just could not afford to do it on their own.

At $1Billion there is no way the CBD loop will ever be built under the current administration you can bet the house on that. Sadly DART will be the end of any extentions to the Auckland metro rail system for probably the next decade. Depressing as that is.
I agree, during the 2006 election campaign National said point blank that the tunnel was not even a consideration and that electrification as too expensive. They still hold the same view, except Labour sort of struck them a blow by agreeing to electrification before the 2009 election. Other than that, like you say I don't see any further expansion past what DART covers. At the most I would say we will see an expansion of bus lanes around Auckland but very little if any work on rail aside from upgrading stations.
 

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I just hope that whatever is planned for the site allows for a double track station + allow it to continue on further to become a proper line, rather than just a short stub, linking back with the eastern line somewhere further north.
 

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Not unless there is a change of government before then and that is highly unlikely to happen. Local government just could not afford to do it on their own.

At $1Billion there is no way the CBD loop will ever be built under the current administration you can bet the house on that. Sadly DART will be the end of any extentions to the Auckland metro rail system for probably the next decade. Depressing as that is.
There is no plan for the CBD rail loop until 2016-2030 - so we have plenty of time to get a government committed to expansion - be it a National party that sees the light or Labour.

 

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Check out the latest entry on Joel Cayford's blog it talks about Steven Joyce's meeting with the Auckland regional transport commitee

http://joelcayford.blogspot.com/2009/08/steven-joyce-visits-aucklands-regional.html

There is some further analysis on this on Jarbury's blog.

The most worrying thing of all is that it appears he wants the new RTA to look after roads only and not rail. Any rail planning would have to done through the central government and Kiwi rail. This means that even if they want to local government cannot plan any rail expansion and given that going forward he has also starved Auckland PT of any available funds he's pretty much managed to kill any further Auckland rail expansion stone dead.

Frankly as a transport minister the guy is a disaster he's as arrogant as he is blinkered and ignorant and every bit as bad as many of us feared Maurice Williamson would be. I hope his planned tinkering around with the Public transport act does not stuff up integrated ticketing.

National are a dead cert for a second term so really even if we got a more PT friendly govt after that things would more or less have to start again from scratch, we would not be looking at any expansion actually happening for about 8 to 10 years i reckon. I'd say that's best case scenario. It also depends on them not selling the whole thing into private ownership again before then which may happen.

Despite the fact the current projects are being finished and patronage is on the rise the outlook for rail and public transport in general in this city is pretty murky.
 
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