Millswood railway station
|Railways in Adelaide - List of railway stations|
|Distance from Adelaide||5.9 km|
|Access by||Vardon Terrace and Goodwood road|
|Peak frequency||Every 20-55 Mins|
|Weekday frequency||Every 30 Mins|
|Weekend frequency||Every 60 Mins|
|Night frequency||Every 60 Mins|
|Passenger information display||Yes|
|Passenger information speaker||Yes|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Platform layout||1 side platform
Millswood railway station is a railway station on the Belair railway line in Adelaide, South Australia. It is situated 5.9 km from Adelaide Railway Station, adjacent to the Goodwood Road underpass, on the border of the suburbs of Millswood and Kings Park.
The station opened circa 1910. The platforms were constructed of earth-filled concrete each side of the dual tracks, which were both broad gauge until 1995. There were timber framed, iron clad open passenger shelters on each platform. The two outbound Unley Park and Hawthorn stations had similar shelters. A ticket office was provided on the Up (western) platform. In the second half of 1974, it was open between 6:15 am to 1:05 pm Mondays, 6:15 am to 12:20 pm Tuesday – Friday and 7:30 am to 12:20 pm Saturday. The ticket office was demolished during August 1985, and the original shelters were in due course removed in March 1988 and replaced with the 'bus' type shelters that are seen at some stations on the TransAdelaide network.
Millswood Station was closed on 28 April 1995, simultaneously with stations at Clapham and Hawthorn despite criticism from nearby residents, with the conversion of the western broad gauge track to standard gauge under the One Nation programme. A number of reasons were quoted as justification for the closures, including poor patronage, the excessive number of stations between Goodwood and Lynton and their closeness to each other, and the impractibility of single-line working with so many stations and so few crossing points.
The western platform was demolished in 2007. As of 2009, there remains on the Down (eastern) platform, the shelter with seats removed, and a disused speaker. The majority of Adelaide Metro rail network maps continue to show gaps on the Belair line where Millswood, and the other disused stations on the Belair line, have been removed.
In August 2013 moves were made towards the reopening of Millswood station, with the Transport Department launching an investigation into the proposal. In the leadup to the 2014 State Election, the Labor Government promised to reopen the station for a 12-month trial commencing July 1, 2014 if it was returned. Upgrade works at the station commenced in July 2014 at a cost of $500,000, but the initial draft timetable for the station only included every second peak-hour train stopping at the reopened platform. On October 1, 2014 the reopening date of the station was announced. The upgrade works included raised platforms, ramp modifications for improved access, new lighting, shelters, platform furniture, an upgraded passenger information system and new platform fencing. The station was reopened on Sunday October 12, 2014 for a 12 month trial.
- The platform on the western side of the line was demolished in 2007.
- Former Minister of Transport Frank Blevins stated there had been consideration since 1966 to close the station because of poor patronage. In December 1994, Millswood had on average 123 passenger boardings per day. Source:Question Time, Legislative Council, 12 April 1995, p. 1933
- John Stokes (August 29, 2013). "Transport Department to investigate the reopening of Millswood Station". Eastern Courier Messenger. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
- Emmie Dowling (February 20, 2014). "Labor vows to reopen Millswood Station after almost 20 years if re-elected on March 15". Eastern Courier Messenger. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
- Emmie Dowling (July 7, 2014). "Work has began at Millswood station ahead of a planned trial re-opening in November". Eastern Courier Messenger. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
- Emmie Dowling (July 28, 2014). "Peak hour trains to bypass Millswood station during 12-month trial re-opening under draft timetable". Eastern Courier Messenger. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
- "Millswood Station reopening & changes to nearby bus timetable". Adelaide Metro. October 1, 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
- "Adelaide's Millswood Station reopens after almost 20 years". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Yahoo (Australia). 13 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
- South Australian Railways Working Timetable Book No. 265, effective from 10:00am, 30 June 1974
- Government of South Australia, 12 April 1995, Legislative Council Hansard, Adelaide