Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Get Aucklanders on to trians but there is a bit oif an issue re parking at Onehunga raliway station.

I am going to take my first 'real' trip on then new electric train today form Onehunga, but as I drove past that car park today, after walking my dog down at the 'bay,' I was struck by the fact that there were no empty car parks. Now I know some of you may be saying that I should bus to the station and leave my car at home. thereon lies a problem. We are not going to get Aucklanders on to public transport in one move. The fact that we have the new trains rolling out is not the answer alone. We must do this in stages; for example, driving to large car parks on the fringes of the city or even in outer suburbs, being able to leave the cars safely there and then getting onto a bus or train in  order to keep the motorways and inner city less crowded is a good first move.
So until the car parking possibilities in Onehunga and other 'hubs' is much increased, expect people to drive past and carry on into town, further increasing the bedlam we already face. Just a point folks, but one that is realistic and not flying up there in the lala land of tree hugging heaven whereby everyone is going to leave their cars at home. Let's be realistic and gradually encourage people to take that first vital step. Right, what am I going to do today? Why, of course I shall just have to find a car park nearby the station but I can tell you from my quick look this morning, that this could be a difficult task.