Ōtāhuhu railway station was first established at the Salesyard road site near the eastern and southern lines of the Auckland rail network in 1870.
The station is used for services to Britomart, Manukau, Papakura, and Pukekohe. Its upgrade was initiated in December 2015 and forms part of a new public transport network initiated in 2013 by Auckland Transport. The project includes construction of a new station building and addition of an over-rail concourse linking bus and train platforms.
Total investment for the upgrade is estimated to be $28m, which is being funded by Auckland Council and the government through the New Zealand Transport Agency. The fully-integrated train station is expected to be open for operation by October 2016.
Otahuhu station upgrade
The station upgrade involves construction of a new station building and improved accesability options such as stairs and lifts. A shared bike path, storage racks, and separated cycle crossings at adjacent intersections will also be built.
In addition, an interchange with waiting areas, customer facilities, and a ticket office will be constructed.
Facilities at the upgraded station
The upgraded station will include facilities such as Wi-Fi hotspots and CCTV security. It will also include an allowance for the future City Rail Link line and platform.
It will also include a passenger drop-off zone, covered bus platforms, and improved connectivity. Modern bus shelters will be built at Mason Avenue and Avenue Road.
In addition, limited parking for disabled users are being built.
Construction on the Otahuhu station upgrade
Designs for the upgrade were made in August 2014, while enabling works began in November 2014 with the closure of the Titi Street bridge. This work also included reinstatement of the platform’s signal box, building foundations for the installation of new rail platform canopies, and earthwork on the new station site, including civil works for building or concourse construction and landscaping.
A ceremony for the main construction work was held in November 2015. Construction on the station site is underway for installing concourse structure and glazing, construction of the station building, landscaping, and paving works as of September 2016, while all other station upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Contractors involved with the Otahuhus station upgrade
Designs for the Ōtāhuhu station upgrades and interchanges were provided by Aurecon in partnership with Jasmax Architects. It includes a bus layover, drop-off zone, cycle, ticketing barriers, and retail facilities. It allows for connection between high-frequency buses and trains.