Build it and resource consent will come

These parking spaces were built prior to resource consent being granted.

Auckland Transport has admitted to building 37 car parking spaces in the Silverdale Park and Ride, before obtaining resource consent from Auckland Council to do so.

Recently an appeal against the consent for the extra spaces and bus station building was withdrawn, paving the way for 127 more car parking spaces to be built (HM July 18).

However, 37 of those spaces had already been built, but use of them by park and riders had been prevented by bollards, pending consent. They have now been opened.

Auckland Transport spokesperson Mark Hannan says that the 37 parks were built at the same time as the 384 new spaces at the park and ride as it was practical and cheaper for the contractors to do it while they were already working on the site.

He says construction will start on the station building and new car parking area (the remaining 90 spaces) in October. That work is expected to be complete within nine months.


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