City's new rail line set to open

The first stage of Auckland's newest train station and the first new rail line in the city since the 1930s will open in Manukau next month.

From April 15 passengers can use the first stage of the Manukau Station development and will access it through a temporary, below ground entrance.

Construction on the second stage, a $95 million integrated transport hub and tertiary campus at the Manukau city centre site, is due to be completed in 2013.

When completed the station entrance will be on the ground floor of the Manukau Tertiary Centre.

Auckland Transport and Auckland Council partnered with Manukau Institute of Technology for the development.

KiwiRail built the 2km rail line from the Southern Line to Manukau city centre.

Auckland Transport, Veolia Transport and KiwiRail are working on developing new services to Manukau.

Initially the station will have three trains an hour in peak times and one an hour at other times.

Buses from Botany, Flat Bush and Redoubt Rd will be extended to the station and further bus services will be extended there next year.

The station is expected to become the main bus hub for South Auckland.

About 600,000 passengers a year are expected to use the station in the future, a similar level to Newmarket, and about 1.2 million people are expected to eventually use the bus station annually.

Auckland Now