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Upper Hutt City Council helps speed railway station upgrade

Jun 3rd, 2015 | By | Category: Latest News, News

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UPGRADE PROPOSED: Upper Hutt railway station. IMAGE: Araina Khonthothong

 

AN upgrade of Upper Hutt’s railway station is being partly funded by the Upper Hutt City Council.

Chris Upton, CEO of Upper Hutt City Council says it’s not something they would normally fund because it is not their asset.

“Council decided that it was taking so long for it to happen we’d rather put a million dollars into it to make it happen,” he says.

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UPGRADE COMMENCES: Safety regulations and upgrade notices. IMAGE: Araina Khonthothong

The upgrade started in January this year and will take
6 – 8 months to complete.

The new upgrade will be good news for Upper Hutt residents with 60% of the population leaving Upper Hutt every day for work. Many of them use the train.

“It was a pretty rundown and tired facility so it’ll be nice to have it fresh and new,” Chris Upton says.

The upgrade is being welcomed by commuters.

The design features include a ticket office, 30-seat waiting room with a kiosk, public toilets, weather protection for bus users and improved lighting and security cameras.

Facilities for train and bus staff who work at the station are also included.

Commuter Phillip Lynch says they’re trying to encourage people
to use the public transport so you have to make it attractive for them.

There are no seats at the station currently, and another commuter, Lorraine Ranger hopes the upgrade will ease the comfort of the many elderly people who come across from the Wairarapa on the train.

 

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FLASH TRAVEL: An artist’s impression of the new Upper Hutt train terminus.

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