Artwork celebrated as Plimmerton Station's major upgrade winds up

KiwiRail was delighted to be part of an event at Plimmerton Station this month to celebrate the ‘Science in the Swamp’ murals painted by local school students. The event was hosted by the Plimmerton Residents’ Association and was attended by Porirua City Mayor Anita Baker and around 20 members of the community along with the young artists and their families.

Senior project manager Peter Coles says the artwork is a wonderful addition to the look and feel of the station, which has undergone a pretty major upgrade.

"We’ve recently completed a new platform to reduce congestion, and to allow more services to run in the future.

That’s involved building additional shelters, constructing a third track through the station and realigning some of the existing track. We’ve also resurfaced the existing central platform. The new underpass where the students’ murals take pride of place is also part of the makeover."

The Plimmerton Station upgrade started in 2021 and finished in March this year. Peter says he is grateful to the community for their support.

“The collaboration over the project life has been amazing, with assistance from multiple parties, including the Residents Association, Porirua City Council, Mainline Steam Heritage Trust, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Metlink.

“Plimmerton is a special spot and tight community, and this station is quite a unique site with the heritage site and building on it. It is lovely to see it looking all fresh and new.”