A temporary bus bay and shelters have been installed outside the Taumarunui Railway Station as phase one road works along the northern side of Hakiaha St
revitalisation project progresses.
The moving of the bus bay and shelters is a short-term step to allow for
development of new entrances and access to the new tourism hub and work to
integrate the railway station building to surrounding landscape and gardens.
Project manager Alastair Wells said the next stage will be the realignment of
the kerb and channel and parking to the front and surrounds of the station
along with creating new angle parking to replace those lost to the west of the station
to allow for landscaping works.
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"Community feedback has been really positive with people excited to finally see work
commence and changes on the ground," Wells said.
"Although the redevelopment of railway station itself including the community
museum has been planned as phase four of the Hakiaha St revitalisation these road
works need to happen first."
In this year's Long Term Plan the community supported council funding
a large part of the station's redevelopment, however, outside funding for the museum project is still needed.
The phase one road works are scheduled to be completed in late November.
The first phase of the landscaping revitalisation work from the station to the
fish pond is also planned to be completed concurrent with the street works and will
be completed before Christmas.