New train stations for Drury and Paerata

Feeback open from 15 February–26 March 2021

We asked for your feedback on the new train stations for Drury and Paerata. We wanted to know what you thought about the facilities we're proposing for each of the stations – things like bus connections, park and rides, walking and cycling paths and ways to access the stations.

Summary of feedback

We received:

  • 197 pieces of feedback
  • 123 comments on the Supporting Growth Social Pinpoint page
  • 76 surveys completed

Key feedback themes

  • Significant support for all three new stations
  • Strong desire for active transport connections (especially safe walking and cycling paths)
  • Concerns about large park and ride facilities, many would like to see the land used for housing instead of car parking
  • Strong support for new and improved public transport options to access the rail network fro commuting to/from work
  • Less support for the location of Paerata Station, some would prefer to access the station from Paerata Rise side of the rail line closer to State Highway 22.

How we used your feedback

Community feedback was an important part of getting to where we are now. Your feedback and local knowledge, along with technical investigations, gave us more information to help develop the station designs in more detail.

As the project moves into the next phase, KiwiRail will now be responsible for the design and construction of the three stations. KiwiRail has applied for the Drury Central and Paerata Stations to be processed under the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020 to enable work to start on these stations as soon as possible. This has been granted. For more information see the EPA website.

Notices of Requirement (designation) will then be lodged to protect the land needed to for the construction of Drury West station.

On Friday 4 June, the Government confirmed funding for the three stations in the Drury area - Drury Central, Drury West and Paerata as part of the NZ Upgrade Programme.

As the project moves into the next phase, KiwiRail will now be responsible for the design and construction of the three stations. Engagement with Iwi and stakeholders on the design of the stations is ongoing and we will provide an update once this work is finalised.

KiwiRail’s Property Team are continuing to meet with landowners to discuss potential impacts to their properties while work continues on the necessary planning approvals (consents and designations).

Construction is expected to start in 2023 and be completed by 2025. Our intention is to build as much as possible in parallel to the project to electrify between Papakura to Pukekohe.