Onehunga Done & Dusted


The brooms are out at the new Onehunga train platforms this afternoon to sweep the paths.

It’s looking good now the paths are in.

While it’s hoped to be done and dusted  in the next week or so, signal and crossing work needs to be completed before the line can open mid-September.

Here’s an overview:

And there’s the park and ride for October-ish.




  1. anthony says:

    The graffiti is really pissing me off. but otherwise, good work!

  2. Simon says:

    Yeah looks ok except for that damned graffiti. I really wish they would capture and make a big example of someone.

  3. Ian M says:

    If you think the Graffiti at the Onehunga station is bad, drive past the new Penrose station. Is such a mess. Until the punishment is increased, nothing will stop it.

  4. Jon C says:

    @Simon @Ian One was captured earlier in the year & fined but they keep going. Certain familiar local rail ‘artists’ read this site and get very angry about the comments!

  5. Martin says:

    Is it just me or does the platform look like its straight off a model railway?

  6. Chris S. says:

    Should paint a few murals here and there and put up a couple of cameras. Most of the walls should be fine once plants are grown

  7. patrick says:

    so why will it take 7 weeks for the trains to arrive

  8. rtc says:

    Signalling still has to be installed.

  9. Jon says:

    Driver training is commencing about the 3rd week of August on the line, so you will see empty ADL’s rolling along there randomly for a while.

  10. CB says:

    The vandals get angry about the comments? Why? They are the ones making our city uglier by putting their ugly, messy scrawl all over stuff. I agree with Simon and Ian they need to crack down hard on these idiots, nobody enjoys their ‘art’.

  11. Matt L says:

    Jon - Let them be angry, if they think they have a right to destroy public property then they should be a man and say it publicly. As it stands they are just scared little wimps who creep around in the night.

  12. Carl says:

    how many park and ride spots are there?

    @ Jon … any bike lockers?

    one thing i don’t get is, why such a shit job on the access footpath? its not even level. I swear there is some really shitty landscaping work going on around at the moment. the amount of fricking money landscapers charge and they plant a handful of worn out bs trees, and then play a footpath that looks like that.

    I’m sorry but that is just average.

    @ teh taggin… likewise above, until you put cameras up… not much you can do about it.

    In perth here there is a big problem with people scratching the window panes on the trains and buses, its some sort of glass/plastic mix… I bet that goes on there too?

  13. Craig says:

    When they got the final go-ahead, this platform has been a whirlwind and it does look great and we have been looking forward to this for years so all in all, well done!

    Have to agree about the graffiti - station hasn’t even seen a train yet and some loser paints it!
    Get the local businesses in to the idea of stumping up $1000.00 between them to get the graffiti losers busted.

    Just put up fliers everywhere and let the little sh*ts know that they are being hunted. That should be enough.

  14. Nick R says:

    If these ‘artists’ want anything more than contempt they could start by actually doing some proper pieces! Street art/murals aren’t everyones cup of tea sure, but at least the good stuff has artistic merit. I don’t think anyone at all likes tagging tho.

    In Melbourne most of the glass surfaces on the trains seem to have a sort of plastic layer over them. Presumably when they get badly scratched they just pull it of and put another layer on.

  15. Joshua says:

    Carl - Nick R - I assume they use a product from Graffiti Solutions which is similar to a plastic film, it protects the glass from scratches, even a Stanly knife wont scratch through it. As Nick says, you just pull it off and put another layer on.

  16. Geoff says:

    @ Carl - the access paths can’t be level because the platform is much lower than Onehunga Mall, so it has to slope down (or you can use the steps as an alternative). The dip in the path from Princes St is for drainage purposes.

  17. Carl says:

    @ Geoff, I understand that, but my point was, it vars off to one side, as in lope sided, that im sorry is just crap landscaping work.

    It should have been paved, looks much more attractive and if need be in the future, paving is easy to move and replace, rather than ripping up concrete.

    I just everybody now gets what I mean about it “not” being level. A slope is fine, but not going off to one side like that weak attempt shown above.

    if it rains which im sure it will, all the shit run off is going to flow into one side the garden causing over flow flooding and making it dangerous to walk. I know that sounds stupid.. but i bet it will happen. it will also ruin all the garden work that was done.

    and again, concrete just looks tacky…

  18. Joshua says:

    From the photos I cant see anything wrong with the landscaping, and I’m sure as glad they laid a concrete path rather than a pavers, laying concrete is much more cost effective and much lower maintenance, ARTA are unable to maintain graffiti on their rail route, how are they going to maintain a footpath?

    Yes it is possible that given a 1 in 100 year storm event, some of the soil could get washed over the footpath, the effect is going to be minimal, of course planting will mitigate the effects and retain the soil as you know. I think all in all it looks like a pleasant modern suburban train station, they have done a good job with what they had to work with.

  19. karl says:

    Agree with Joshua. I can’t see anything wrong from those photos. And while we can always get higher-spec, solid concrete has a number of advantages…

  20. Ngaire says:

    Jon. Many thanks for the updates and photos of the Onehunga station -here at long last.
    There are a couple of photos I’d like to copy to send to my computer-illiterate brother in Canada who is very interested but I think you have a copyright block on them? My camera is nowhere near as good as yours!
    I certainly agree with comments on the brainless morons’ graffiti - but there are adequate adjectives to describe it in the English language without resorting to foul words, which are as bad as the graffiti itself!!

  21. Jon C says:

    @Ngaire Thanks and help yourself.
    Most photos on the site are mine unless otherwise stated or obvious - and I am happy for mine to be used for non commercial purposes.
    Hope your brother enjoys them.

  22. ed says:

    thanks for the tip @teh taggin from perth.

    how do you scratch the windows and what should we use……


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