Parnell rail station opensSave
By Bernard Orsman
Auckland has a new rail station at Parnell featuring Newmarket Station's old 1908 building designed by renowned railway architect Sir George Troup.
The station opened to trains Sunday to coincide with a new train timetable which will see improvements to travel times for the southern, western and Onehunga lines.
For local body politician Mike Lee, the station fulfils a commitment made by the Auckland Regional Council 10 years ago to build a station at the back end of Parnell in a weed-infested gully between Cheshire St and the Domain with access to Auckland Museum, Auckland University and the ASB Tennis Centre.
This station is an important and crucial link in the re-invigoration of Parnell
"It's deeply satisfying because good things in politics take a long time. I feel greatly satisfied after years of anxiety and disappointment that here, at last, is the Parnell station with the George Troup-designed heritage building on site," Lee said.
It was the first new train station on the old rail network in 100 years.
The old Newmarket station is being restored by KiwiRail with a new veranda and exterior repaint in the original colours of Canterbury clay, deep chocolate and railway red. The interior is still in dilapidated condition and the 45-metre-long building, in storage for eight years, will receive a new tile roof.
The Parnell station is costing $18.9 million. It has two platforms, bus-type shelters, ticket machines, Hop card readers and an underpass to link the platforms.