geoff_184 wrote:But the sites are so close together, you can stand at one end of one, and almost be at the start of the other. Practically the same location.
It's 300m between platform centers, i.e. 300m between entrances.
300m metres isn't practically the same location, its about a third of a kilometre extra. That's like saying the Skytower and Aotea square are practically the same location, or that Queen St and Hobson St are practically the same location.
geoff_184 wrote:Sorry, but your argument about willingness to walk such a tiny distance is ludicrous. I walk 450m to the dairy in Swanson Rd in 5 minutes, and 5 minutes back. 900m, but it feels like nothing at all. If I jog, I cover that 900m and buy my items, almost within the span of a TV ad break.
300m a problem? Rubbish!
It's not my argument, there is a wealth of research behind how far most people will walk to access transit. You and I may have no problem walking for more than ten minutes, but for the bulk of the population distances close to a kilometre are unacceptable. Remember we aren't taking about willingness to walk a mere three hundred metres, just about everyone is willing to do that, we are talking about willingness to walk an further three hundred metres on top of what is already a fairly long walk for the average person.
Having the station half way up the gully makes the walk to the university precinct about 50% longer than if it were at the bottom of the gully. That is enough to turn a 600m walk that most people are happy to do, into a 900m walk that most people are not happy to do. How is that so hard to understand?
Consider this, if your dairy was twice as far (900m there and 900m back) then it would take you twenty minutes to make a round trip and you would miss almost the whole show, let alone one ad break. Now do you see the difference and extra few hundred metres can make? Oh but it's only 450m metres right? 450m a problem? Rubbish!
Well it is an 450 extra metres that means you can no longer just jog over in a coupe of minutes when ever you feel like it. It's 450m extra that makes your trip to the dairy all the more inconvenient, probably to the point where you would have to plan ahead of when you could spare the time to do a little shopping.
I should still listen to Doloras.