Project Summary

What we're doing

We’re planning to build an extension of the Western Rail Trail as a direct route to the Frankton Rail Station, to provide a safe and accessible connection for both walking and biking.

The upgrades include:

  • Construct a new shared path from the Western Rail Trail to the to the northern end of the Frankton Rail Station carpark and railway platform.
  • Upgrade existing and install new LED lighting columns adjacent to the new path and carpark.
  • Review existing CCTV locations and install where required to improve security at the station for all users.
  • Improve pedestrian wayfinding to the rail station.

Why we're doing it

This work complements the installation of a covered bike shelter at the rail station for passengers using the Te Huia rail service, operated by the Waikato Regional Council. This project will improve connections to the Western Rail Trail, along with a number of new upgrades on Killarney Road, Lake Domain Road and Kahikatea Drive.

This project is funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Transport Choices programme, which will help create a connected network across the city, supporting Council’s move to a low emissions transport system in response to climate change.

This project will

  • Provide better connection from rail trail to rail station

  • Help improve safety for trail and train users

  • Improve wayfinding for pedestrians

Where are we at

  • Stage 1 - Planning

    September 2023

    Consultation was held with KiwiRail as the landowner. The project has moved to the design phase.
  • Stage 2 - Underway

    October 2023

    With final design and construction approval from Waka Kotahi, we expect work to begin in October 2023.
  • Stage 3 - Completed

    December 2023

    Our goal is to complete the project by late 2023. All projects in the Transport Choices programme will be completed by June 2024.
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Last updated 12 March 2024