Glen Eden is getting a new Park and Ride.
With 80 spaces, the new facility at 18 Waikumete Road, is the same size as the existing Park and Ride at the corner of Glenview and West Coad Roads. It will be equipped with both security lighting and CCTV cameras connected back to the station, new stormwater drainage and
The new $900,000 facility is scheduled, weather permitting, to open in September.
Historically Glen Eden has been rail focussed for almost all of its existence. Previously known as Waikomiti, the town was a key stop on the new Auckland to Kaipara railway when it was being planned in the 1870’s. This stop was a reason the then Auckland City Council chose Waikumete as the site for the new city cemetery and for a number of years, funeral trains brought the deceased from Auckland to Waikumete Cemetery. The railway was also a vital trade link between the growers of then rural Glen Eden and Auckland, as well as the
fastest way to get to “the big smoke”.
In recent years, the railway has resumed its role in the lives of commuters, hence the need for a Park and Ride. When the original station was first built, it was located outside the Waikumete Road gate to the cemetery. The historic double-veranda Vogel Class Two station building, was moved to the new western station platform, in the early 2000’s. It was moved and restored by the Glen Eden Railway Station