Newmarket Business Association
Friday, 11 December 2009
Public invited for sneak peek of $35m Newmarket Station
From 11am – 3pm tomorrow (Saturday 12 December) the public is invited inside to view the brand new $35 million Newmarket Rail Station.
The open day will also include entertainment in Station Square such as live music, face painting, street performers, and even Santa himself.
"This is a great opportunity for the public to have a sneak preview of this great public amenity. It's going to be a wonderful day. We’re delighted that ARTA and KiwiRail are prepared to open the doors a month before the station becomes operational,” says Cameron Brewer, chief executive of the Newmarket Business Association.
"When operational from Monday 18 January 2010, the new station will add to Newmarket what Britomart added to the central city six years ago. It’s going to be a real focal point. The new facilities will boost patronage and more will start using the express link to Britomart. People will wake up to the fact that for just $1.40 they can get from Queen Street to Newmarket in only 10 minutes.
“With the new station we can now really start promoting rail as a viable transport option for employees and visitors alike. With the old facilities we never talked about catching the train to Newmarket because the experience was embarrassing. Suddenly for the likes of tourists staying in the CBD, getting to Newmarket's shops will be a whole lot more attractive and easier.
"When we publicly advocated for a new station four years ago, we argued for a sizable station befitting of Newmarket's status as Auckland City’s second CBD and home to the region’s most important rail junction. A station we can now be proud of has been delivered.
“It’s not only good for rail commuters and public transport generally, but this first-class public amenity will actually contribute to Newmarket’s economic development,” says Cameron Brewer.