Epping railway station, Sydney

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Epping
Epping Railway Station 3.JPG
Langston Place exit
Location Beecroft Road, Epping
New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 33°46′23″S 151°04′56″E / 33.773172°S 151.082219°E / -33.773172; 151.082219Coordinates: 33°46′23″S 151°04′56″E / 33.773172°S 151.082219°E / -33.773172; 151.082219
Elevation 97 m (318 ft)
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by Sydney Trains
Line(s) Main North railway line
Epping to Chatswood railway line
Distance 23.32 km (14.49 mi) from Central
Platforms 5 (2 Island, 1 Side)
Tracks 6
Connections Bus
Construction
Structure type Ground & underground
Platform levels 4
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code EPG
Fare zone MyZone 2
Website Sydney Trains
History
Opened 1889
Rebuilt 2009
Services
Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
towards Hornsby
T1
North Shore and Northern Line
via Macquarie University
towards Central
Terminus T1
Northern Line
via Strathfield
towards Central
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Newcastle
Central Coast & Newcastle Line
towards Central

Epping railway station is on the North Shore, Northern & Western Line of the Sydney Trains network in Sydney, Australia. It is also served by Intercity NSW TrainLink services on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line. It serves the suburb of Epping, a significant commercial and residential area. Epping is a significant interchange station. Easy Access to all platforms is available via lifts.

History[edit]

Epping circa 1920, looking south
Beecroft Road exit circa 2006. This exit has since been reconstructed
Old concourse prior to its demolition in 2006

When the Main Northern Line opened on 17 September 1886, a single platform known as Field of Mars was located on the western side of the line opposite Chester Street. The platform was renamed Carlingford on 5 April 1887.

The station was renamed Epping when it opened in its current location on 7 October 1899 as an island platform. An additional island platform was added in 1928. The centre track was originally a terminating road, and was served by platforms on each side between both island platforms. This was intended as part of Dr Bradfield's proposed Epping to St Leonards line. A new booking office on the footbridge was added in 1967 after the original wooden structure was destroyed by fire.[citation needed]

Upgrade works began in 2004 to prepare the station for the Epping to Chatswood railway line. Works included a new concourse & pedestrian overpass, wider platforms, an underground transfer concourse and the addition of two underground platforms for the new line.[1] The new aerial concourse was constructed to the north of the 1967 concourse, which was demolished. The above ground upgrades were completed on 14 April 2007,[1] while the underground concourse and platforms were opened on 23 February 2009 in conjunction with the new line.[2]

Signal box[edit]

Epping signal box opened on 31 October 1928 and operated the interlocking at Epping until its closure on 12 November 2006. The original miniature lever frame was replaced by an NX panel circa 1980. Control of the area was transferred to Strathfield signal box, and then to the new Homebush Control Centre in October 2008.[3]

Station configuration[edit]

Transfer concourse
Underground platform

Epping station sits in the centre of the suburb's commercial district, between Langston Place and Beecroft Road. Access to the station is via an overhead concourse with ticketing facilities and ticket gates. The unpaid area of the concourse connects to a covered pedestrian footbridge over the busy Beecroft Road. As well as providing access to the station, this enables thoroughfare between the two sides of the railway line.

The station consists of three above ground platforms and two underground platforms. The above ground platforms are connected to the overhead concourse. The underground platforms are accessed from the above ground platforms via escalators through an underground transfer concourse and a lift for wheelchair access. Unusually for Sydney Trains stations, Epping's above ground platforms are not aligned with each other. With the conversion of the centre terminating track to a bi-directional main line in 1979, the platform face on the up (platform 1) side was fenced off. As part of the 2000s upgrading works, the fencing was switched to the opposite platform.

Platforms and services[edit]

The station is served by eight trains per hour each way, with additional trains during weekday peak hours.

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 Central Coast & Newcastle Line Intercity services to Central (i) via Strathfield
2 Central Coast & Newcastle Line Intercity services to Gosford, Wyong, and Newcastle via Hornsby
Terminating suburban services; returning to Strathfield then Central and North Sydney, then Chatswood and beyond.
3 Central Coast & Newcastle Line Intercity services to Gosford, Wyong, and Newcastle via Hornsby
5
all stations to Chatswood, North Sydney and Central via Macquarie Park, then Strathfield and beyond.
6
all stations to Hornsby via Pennant Hills

Platform 4[edit]

Epping Station does not have a Platform 4. It is reserved for a platform to be created if the line is quadrupled.

Transport links[edit]

Epping station is a major interchange for bus services for the Northwest region of Sydney, due to its proximity to Epping Road (one of the major bus routes to the Sydney CBD). The new bus interchange at Cambridge Street commenced operations on 27 July 2007. Stops also exist on Beecroft Road, on the western side, for routes 541-549. All non NightRide routes except route 630 are operated by Sydney Buses - route 630 is operated by Hillsbus.

Services via Epping Road

  • M54:: to Macquarie Park via Macquarie University, Macquarie Centre[4]
  • 140: to Manly via Macquarie Centre, Crows Nest (limited service)[5]
  • 288: to Sydney QVB via Macquarie University, Macquarie Centre, North Ryde, Lane Cove and Gore Hill Freeway.[6]
  • 290: to Sydney QVB via Macquarie University, Macquarie Centre, Lane Cove, St Leonards, and North Sydney[6]
  • 295: North Epping to Marsfield, Macquarie University, Macquarie Centre[7]
  • 630: to Macquarie Park via Macquarie University, Macquarie Centre[8]

Services to Parramatta

  • M54: - Parramatta via Carlingford Court, Carlingford Station and Pennant Hills Road[4]
  • 546 - Parramatta via Carlingford Court, Carlingford Station, Westfield North Rocks and Oatlands[9]
  • 549 - Parramatta via Westfield North Rocks and North Rocks Road.[9]

Other Services

  • 541 to Eastwood[10]
  • 630 to Blacktown via Baulkham Hills[8]

Epping station is served by one NightRide route:[11]

Trackplan[edit]

Track arrangmement at Epping prior to construction of the Epping to Chatswood railway line

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Station work is on track". MX (Sydney edition) (News Corporation). 9 February 2007. p. 2. 
  2. ^ "CityRail - Epping to Chatswood rail link". CityRail. 
  3. ^ "Signalling and Safeworking". Railway Digest February 2007. 
  4. ^ a b Route M54 timetable Sydney Buses 27 April 2014
  5. ^ Route 140 timetable Sydney Buses October 2010
  6. ^ a b Routes 286, 287, 288, 290, 294 and 295 timetable Sydney Buses 22 October 2009
  7. ^ Route 295 timetable Sydney Buses 20 October 2013
  8. ^ a b Routes 611 and 630 timetable Hillsbus 27 January 2015
  9. ^ a b Routes 546, 549, 552 and 553 timetable Sydney Buses 20 October 2013
  10. ^ Routes 521, 523, 524 and 541 timetable Sydney Buses 20 October 2013
  11. ^ NightRide bus services Transport Info NSW