Auckland Transport (AT) has started construction on the new Warkworth Community Transport Center, run and funded by Rodney Local Council through the Targeted Rodney Transportation Rate.
The new hub includes a Park and Ride, bicycle parking and other means of transport. It will serve the growing transportation needs of the community in and around Warkworth.
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff congratulates Rodney Local Council for bringing the project to fruition.
“The new Warkworth Community Center will give people more transportation choices and make it easier to get around this fast growing area of Warkworth,” he says.
“This will help reduce carbon emissions from private vehicles and fight traffic congestion. “
Rodney Local Council Vice President Beth Houlbrooke said the council was delighted to see this project underway.
“The community has expressed very clearly its desire to improve infrastructure and transport services and we are happy to be able to keep another of our commitments. “
At a cost of approximately $ 3.7 million, the new station will include:
- a stopover by bus
- two bus stops
- 137 car parks, including 15 short-stay car parks and four accessible car parks
- a signposted crosswalk on Great North Road
- two sanitary blocks
- bicycle parking
- Video surveillance.
Initially estimated at a cost of around $ 5 million, a tender process launched by AT confirmed the cost of the project at $ 3.7 million.
The project is part of Rodney Local Council’s Targeted Transportation Tariff, which means the council will now have an additional $ 1.3 million to invest in other Targeted Tariff Program projects.
Murray Chapman, director of One Mahurangi (business association), says parking in Warkworth has been a real problem due to the lack of parking lots for our retail staff.
“This hub will free up parks for people to come and spend money on and support our local businesses.”
AT Portfolio (Projects) Delivery Manager David Nelson says Auckland Transport is delighted to deliver this project.
“The Rodney Local Council has been key partners in addressing the transportation challenges of the growing community of Warkworth and the greater Rodney area. We are proud to be their partners in the delivery of this new transport hub which will play a key role in managing the current and future transport needs of the community.