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Train station's fate being assessed

ANNA LOREN
Last updated 05:00 20/03/2014

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A decision on the future of Te Mahia train station is expected in the next few months.

Auckland Transport received hundreds of submissions after announcing plans to close the station because of low patronage last year.

It is now looking at the potential closure as part of a city-wide assessment of train stations, a document released by the organisation says.

"The proposal to close Te Mahia Station will be reviewed as part of this overall assessment process, together with the submissions received as part of the earlier consultation process."

Organisation spokeswoman Felicity Merrington says part of that assessment involves looking at Special Housing Areas across the region. The areas have been earmarked by Auckland Council as locations for fast-track development and include two in nearby Weymouth and Addison.

Their potential impact on population growth was not included in previous assessments of patronage, Ms Merrington says.

"Auckland Transport is looking at those areas and what the population will be like in 20 years. "I am confident that the right decision will be made."

The outcome of the assessment will be reported to the Auckland Transport board by June.

Manurewa Local Board deputy chairman Simeon Brown says the decision can't come soon enough.

"The Te Mahia community and the people of Greenmeadows need certainty," he says.

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- Manukau Courier

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