Kapi-Mana News : May 17th 2011
23 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MAY 17, 2011 NEWS Tawa - Pukerua Bay Villa Real Estate Ltd - Licensed REAA 2008 Each office independently owned and operated Nobody in the world sells more real estate than ® Your Local Experienced Property Management Team From Tawa to Pukerua Bay Rentals and Property Management since 1992 Madeleine van Rooyen Simone Pauletic Michele Pigou Anne Corbett Lynette Anquetil Contact: 237 3419 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.villarentals.co.nz Commuters gather for one last ride By KAROLINE TUCKEY Last stop: A handful of Pukerua Bay residents took a final joyride to Muri station on the eve of its closure on April 30.From left, Murray Holden, Beth Holden, Maureen Waddilove, Hugh Young and Dave Waddilove. Commuters farewelled a familiar stop when Tranz Metro trains made their last call at Pukerua Bay s Muri railway station. Services to the station ceased on April 30, which closed due to safe- ty concerns that would have cost more than $750,000 to remedy. Beth Holden, who grew up in Pukerua Bay, was among a hand- ful of people who gathered at the station for one last ride, and says many residents will have a lot of memories associated with the stop. Her mother and father were among a group of young parents who campaigned to have the station built, and after it opened in 1953 it was the family s main route for shopping in Porirua, get- ting to work and school in Wel- lington and emergency trips to the hospital with childhood injuries. It s very sad to see something close, because once it s closed for the community it s always harder to re-establish it later. The walk to Pukerua Bay rail- way station, about one kilometre south, was difficult for mothers with young children, she said, and the closure was a pity when new trains were being introduced and many people were concerned about carbon emissions and road congestion. An engineering report on the station commissioned by KiwiRail last June said the station was used by only about 17 people a day and had some of the worst haz- ards of any train station in the region. Problems included a steep curve in the tracks at the station causing large gaps between the platform and stopped trains, insufficient lighting, structural defects and illegal access points. KiwiRail spokesman Nigel Parry said a decision had yet to be made on how much of the station would be dismantled.
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