Paremata Train Station Carpark Upgrade 2019
Residents will be well aware of commuter parking difficulties in or close to the Paremata train station. The shortage of parking spaces at the station is causing congestion along Paremata Cresent and around the school, and the northern part of Papakowhai Road. And this unsatisfactory situation has increased since Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) changed the train fare structure this year.
Paremata Residents Association has been lobbying GWRC to develop more parking spaces at the southern end of the station for the last 2 years or more. But GWRC have been reluctant to go ahead due to difficulty and safety concerns for vehicles leaving the station. However GWRC decided to go ahead with the carpark expansion around the same time that metering signals are installed at the Paremata Roundabout by NZTA.
Contractors started on site at the train station in early April on the construction of around 70 new carparking spaces to the south of the existing carpark. This work was originally planned to be completed by the end of July but has been delayed after problems were found with ground water in some parts of the parking area that is affecting ground stability. We have been advised that consultants have completed the design of a solution and contractors will soon be back on site.
While the additional parking spaces can't come soon enough for some commuters, it looks like we will have to wait until mid-November.