Plans for 285 more car parks at Petone Station, to encourage more commuting

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Wellington Regional Council is working with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) to develop more commuter parking near the Petone Station, supporting the strong commitment by both agencies to making public transport more attractive and accessible for the Wellington region.

Currently there are 185 parks at the main station carpark and 96 places at the ‘official overflow’ carpark on the western side of Pito-One Road, which the Regional Council leases from the NZ Transport Agency.

About 35 commuters also park on land next to the overflow park and more than 50 park illegally on the kerb of Pito-One Road.

The Regional Council and the Transport Agency are working together to make use of the official overflow area and surrounding land to cater for parking demand now and into the future. This work should result in the provision of about 285 more carparks.

Cr Paul Swain, the Regional Council’s Public Transport Portfolio Leader, says more park and ride facilities at Petone are definitely needed and make great sense particularly for meeting existing and future demand. “More commuter carparking would encourage more people to take the 10-minute train ride into Wellington and help ease the most congested section of SH2, between Petone and Ngauranga.

“Hopefully an agreement can be reached soon. A good deal of work will then need to be done to create the carpark, including drainage, tarsealing, landscaping, lighting and installation of CCTV, but we’d hope to begin work in the second half of next year.”

Lyndon Hammond, NZTA’s Regional Manager Planning and Investment, says by increasing the number of parks, it makes the decision to hop on the train a lot easier for commuters.

“If people have confidence that there will be a park waiting for them, they’re much more likely to use the train, which will increase travel choice and help reduce congestion on the motorway.”

The Regional Council provides about 4,700 parking places at 36 railway stations around the region.

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