Johannesburg Park Station
|Johannesburg Park Station
|Address||Rissik Street, Johannesburg|
|Connections||Rea Vaya BRT|
Johannesburg Park Station is the central railway station in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa, and the largest railway station in Africa. It is located between the Central Business District and Braamfontein, in the block bordered by Rissik, Wolmarans, Wanderers and Noord Streets. Park Station lies on the main Witwatersrand railway line that runs East-West from Krugersdorp to Germiston.
Park Station is the centre of the Witwatersrand Metrorail network, with daily commuter rail services running west to Carletonville, Randfontein and Soweto; east to Springs, Nigel and Daveyton; north to Pretoria and south to Vereeniging. Park Station is also the terminus of Shosholoza Meyl long-distance services to Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein via Kimberley, Komatipoort via Nelspruit and Musina via Polokwane.
The southern terminus of the Gautrain rapid-rail service is located underground, in a separate station adjacent to the existing main-line station.
On 24 July 1964, Frederick John Harris of the African Resistance Movement planted a bomb on a whites-only platform of the Station. The bomb later exploded, killing a 77-year-old woman and injuring 23 others. Harris, a school teacher, was convicted of murder, and hanged on 1 April 1965.
|Preceding station||Shosholoza Meyl||Following station|
towards Cape Town
towards Port Elizabeth
towards East London
towards Cape Town
- "Trains". City of Johannesburg. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- "Timetables". Metrorail. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- "Routes". Shosholoza Meyl. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- Okoth, Assa (2006). A History of Africa: African nationalism and the de-colonisation process. East African Publishers. p. 389. ISBN 978-9966-25-358-3.