How’s It Looking: Glen Eden


It will take about another three weeks for KiwiRail to finish the changes to the famous Glen Eden pedestrian overbridge.

Over Christmas, workers removed the big railway footbridge ramps at an estimated cost of $600,000.

The bridge remains for locals to get to the local shops but the ramps will be replaced by stairs over Anniversary weekend.

Locals hated the dominating look of the ramps so they’re getting the sort of look Swanson got, as shown below.

The Glen Eden locals who complained think that sort of look with stairs is more in keeping with the lovingly restored station building.

Summer Rail Programme series: How It’s Looking At…


The new DL locos

Glen Eden

Baldwin update with 10 days to go

St George update

Baldwin update

Rossgrove Tce and Baldwin update

Homai Browns Rd, Manurewa

Church St East, Penrose

Waterfront trams

Bridge St, Papatoetoe

St George St, Papatoetoe rail bridge replacement



Baldwin Ave

Quay Park

Purewa Eastern Line track work

Manukau’s new station

CBD Shared Spaces




  1. Feijoa says:

    I wouldn’t describe the Swanson bridge as a thing of beauty, but they obviously tried a bit harder than in Glen Eden and it looks more functional.

    They should have a policy (Auckland Transport, NZTA, etc.) of including stairs whenever there is a zig-zag ramp, as the ramps are frustratingly slow for the majority able to climb.

  2. mark says:

    Bit of a waste of money in my view - the old ramps weren’t that ugly. Yes, the station building was nicely restored, but the area around it isn’t a museum town.

    Agree that ramps should be combined with stairs.

  3. Andy says:

    @Mark, The old ramps WERE that ugly because they were a major target for taggers. Also, wheelchairs couldn’t even use it anyway because it was too steep. Enough said.

  4. Sacha says:

    Is Glen Eden also getting lifts like Swanson?

  5. patrick says:

    @Sacha , no Glen Eden isn’t getting lifts, just stairs


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