More parking planned for railway station

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Last updated 10:06 14/01/2014

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A car parking boom is occurring at Porirua Railway Station.

A new stormwater pipe was being installed this month from the car park to Porirua Stream, said a Wellington Regional Council spokeswoman.

Expansion of the south end car park would start after that, she said.

In September, the regional council announced it had bought land at the south end of the station car park from the NZ Transport Agency.

Up to 150 car parking spaces will be created there and lights put beneath Mungavin Bridge.

Later this year, land further south will be developed to create 150 more spaces, and there will also be a further 40 more at the north end.

Replacing the road surface in Station Rd to improve access to the bus/rail interchange is also on the agenda.

There was no timing for the station's roof replacement, but it would happen this year, the spokeswoman said.

Regional councillor Barbara Donaldson said improvements to the region's second busiest station were badly needed to make travelling by train a more convenient choice.

She said developing more car parks would be discussed over the next three or four years.

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