Avondale Railway Station

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Avondale Railway Station
Auckland Transport Urban rail
Avondale Train Station, 2014.jpg
Location Layard Street, Avondale
Owned by KiwiRail and Auckland Transport
Line(s) Western Line
Platforms Side platform
Tracks Mainline (2)
Construction
Platform levels 1
Parking Yes Off Street
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Station code AVD
History
Opened 1880
Rebuilt 2010
Electrified 25kV AC[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2009) 1,206 passengers/day
Services
  KiwiRail  
Preceding station   Transdev Auckland   Following station
Western Line
toward Waitakere

Avondale Railway Station is on the Western Line of the Auckland railway network. Relocated in 2008, the station can be accessed from St Jude St, Layard St, and Crayford St.

The proposed Avondale–Southdown Line would connect to the Western Line just east of the station.

History[edit]

  • 1880: Opened as one of the original stations on the North Auckland Line.[2] The station was known as Whau for the first two years of its existence.[3]
  • 1882: A post office opened as part of the station.[2]
  • 1912: The post office closed.[2]
  • 1914: The platform was upgraded to an island platform layout with a new building on the new platform.[2]
  • 1915: A signal box was added.[2]
  • 1966: The line to Morningside was double-tracked.[2]
  • 1967: The signal box was removed after this section changed to centralised traffic control.[2]
  • 1993: The platform was raised to meet the requirements of ex-Perth trains.[2]
  • 1995: The station building was relocated to Swanson.[2]
  • 2008: The footbridge was demolished, the platform removed and a temporary station erected 50m to the east of the site.
  • 2010: A new station was constructed and the line double-tracked westward beyond Avondale. The station opened on 14 June.
  • 2014: Platforms extended to 150m from 143m for the new electric AM[4] class EMU trains.

Upgrade and relocation[edit]

The old station just prior to demolition at the end of 2008. The new station is located around the bend to the left.

Until 26 December 2008 it had an island platform just west of Blockhouse Bay Road, reached via a footbridge off the road. In 2010 an upgraded station was built on Layard Street, north of the St Jude Street level crossing and approximately 100m west and 200m south of the old station.

The new station provides better connections with the Avondale town centre and the platform is on a straight section of track, unlike the old platform which was on a large sharp curve.[5]

Electrification work has been completed and the station will begin serving electric trains in 2015.

Bus transfers[edit]

This station has number of bus routes pass through Rosebank Rd and Blockhouse Bay Rd for passengers to transfer:

Previous major stop AT Bus Services Next major stop
New Lynn
Terminus
008
New Lynn–Otahuhu
Mount Roskill Shops
towards Otahuhu
New Lynn
one way
104
New Lynn local
New Windsor
towards New Lynn
Blockhouse Bay Shops
towards New Lynn
195
Green Bay–Downtown (via Great North Road)
Point Chevalier Shops
towards Britomart
Blockhouse Bay Shops
towards Titirangi
209
Titirangi–Downtown (via New North Road)
Mount Albert
towards Britomart
Rosebank Road
Terminus
221
Rosebank Rd–Midtown (via New North Road)
Mount Albert
towards Victoria Street West
Rosebank Road
towards Patiki Road
222
Patiki Rd–Midtown (via New North Road)
New Lynn
Terminus
223
New Lynn–Midtown (via New North Road)
New Lynn
towards Henderson
224
Henderson–Midtown (via New North Road)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Auckland Electrifcation Map" (PDF). KiwiRail. September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Railway Stations of Auckland's Western Line (2004) by Sean Millar
  3. ^ Avondale Te Whau Heritage Walks (Auckland: Auckland City Council, [2008?])
  4. ^ New Zealand AM class electric multiple unit
  5. ^ "Project DART update July 2007" (PDF). July 2007. 

Coordinates: 36°53′49.34″S 174°41′56.86″E / 36.8970389°S 174.6991278°E / -36.8970389; 174.6991278