Station re-build could include heritage elements
What looked like being a bitter battle between heritage enthusiasts and utilitarians has been short-circuited by an engineer's report - Naenae railway station is so decrepit it has to be demolished.
Greater Wellington Regional Council says the station will be closed from Boxing Day until January 24 while the precast concrete platform frontages are restrengthened. Kenepuru Station on the Kapiti Line will be closed at the same time for similar work.
Later in 2012, the 1951-built Naenae station will be demolished and a new station put up in a project that will also involve renovating the access stairs and resurfacing the platform.
GWRC officer Richard Noakes says there is no firm price for the Naenae work yet, but the cost is estimated to be $760,000.
The result of the engineer's report is entirely unsurprising.