Auckland train stations could cut wifi off at night to address safety concerns

Auckland train stations may soon cut wifi at night when services aren't running.

In a proposal to address safety concerns, Auckland Transport (AT) says it's considering the option although no decisions have been made.

An AT spokesman told Newshub it was something that would be considered if there are further issues with people congregating at stations after the last service.

The spokesman said AT was also working with Auckland Council to put in place full liquor bans for all train facilities.

"This will be done on a location by location basis," he said. "Papakura is the first priority, this is based on a recommendation from the police."

AT had received seven reports of assault at the Papakura train station so far this year, Stuff reports.

For a number of years, the Papakura train station has seen several violent incidents. Shon Tyson Wanahi died from the injuries he sustained during a shooting outside the station in 2016.

Last year, footage also emerged of a brutal brawl in the area. One man who was knocked down had his head stomped on as others attempted to put an end to the fight.

AT says it's coordinating with Counties Manukau Police, to target risk areas with more police patrols.

"Last year 21.4 million trips were made on the Auckland rail network and the customer satisfaction rating for safety on the network was 95 percent," the spokesman said.

He said AT was also working at installing electronic gates - with Papatoetoe, Otahuhu, Parnell and Manurewa already completed.

The plan was to gate Papakura and Middlemore stations within the next year, he said.

Auckland train stations could cut wifi off at night to address safety concerns
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The spokesman said AT was also upgrading and installing more lighting, and installing more CCTV.