Scoop reports that Newmarket's $154m rail upgrade has seen a 26% increase in patronage. Cameron Brewer, chief executive of the Newmarket Business Association, remarks that “the $35m Newmarket Station is proving to be a great asset. What’s more with electrification, it is predicted that the number of people catching the train to or from Newmarket will more than quadruple in the next six years.” Mr Brewer says the nearby Grafton Station on the corner of Khyber Pass Road and Park Road is also proving to be a huge success. “The number of people using the new Grafton Station in May compared to the number using the old Boston Road platform the previous May was up 45%. That is a stunning result. “Newmarket’s new railway stations and facilities are making a great contribution to Auckland’s public transport network. They are well and truly earning their keep. “Catching the train to and from Newmarket has now become a really viable transport option for employees and visitors alike.