Mt Albert Station Grows


Mt Albert train station has its platforms extended for the new electric trains

It’s not quite a much-needed face-lift at Mt Albert station but at least the platforms are being extended and we hope the end result might look better than it does.
Well, any slight improvement will be better than the rundown way it looks. At least the vandalised old concrete bunker at the end of the platform where derelicts slept has gone to be replaced with a couple of signposted shelters.

Workers are busy while commuters have to side step the work and manoeuvre around it to get to the platform.




  1. Matt L says:

    One good thing is they have knocked down the horrible concrete shelter that was there, I wonder if was due to safety concerns?

  2. Jon C says:

    @Matt L It was old school, ugly, vandalised and a hangout for undesirables including at daytime.

  3. max says:

    Okay, even if they aren’t doing anything else, replacing it with a better shelter should be useful then.

  4. Matt L says:

    Max - They have torn down the concrete one and put some of the bus style shelters that were at some of the temporary stations like Newmarket etc.

  5. joust says:

    That shelter looks like one from Boston road…

  6. rtc says:

    Station looks a lot better, longer, the surace is/will be in much better condition and replacing the old concrete thing with these bus shelters makes a world of difference. This station was packed when I went through the other afternoon so on a rainy day some people will have to get wet, but I think it’s a great temporary setup until the station is completely remade and integrated into Mt Albert town centre.

  7. Andrew says:

    Nope, the “shelter” (that hasn’t had glass/perspex for most of its life at Mt Albert) that looks like the one from Boston has been there for years - it was installed at the same time that the Boston Rd one went in there.

    I think they were originally CBD bus shelters from many years ago, I’m sure I used to sit in one of those waiting for Dominion Rd buses in the 1990s.

    I believe the ones that just went in to Mt Albert were previously at the temporary Avondale station. They’re the same type.

  8. Mark Donnelly says:

    While the upgrade is welcome - the real solution for Mt Albert is a fully integrated development with adjoining land, and built over part of the corridor. There has just been a Precinct Plan consultation - where a new public plaza / bus interchnage and a commercial entrance building down to the station, were common themes.

    With Unitec/MAGS/local town centre, this is a busy station which would be a TOD development town centre. there is a lot of south and west bus link potential, and also local cycling potential.

  9. Shaun says:

    @Mark, I think you’ve got the right idea, I would have to agree. Perhaps a greater plan on how this is all integrated into the whole community not just an ‘upgrade’ of the station and shops.
    Also, I think Mt Albert needs more to offer to be a successful and justifiable development.


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