Newtown railway station, Sydney
New South Wales, Australia
|Line(s)||Main Suburban railway line|
Newtown is the 39th most patronised railway station in Sydney (out of a total of 176 stations), with an average of 6390 passengers boarding per day.
The station features a single island platform located in a shallow cutting, served by the 'Local' pair of tracks. Trains to the city leave from the north side and trains from the city arrive on the south side. The entrance is adjacent to a small public plaza located just off King St. The area used to be the forecourt of the former Newtown Tram Depot; the tram shed lies disused to the east of the station entrance.
A station opened at Newtown in 1855 with the opening of the Main Suburban Railway Line. This original station was to the west of King St, about where the former Crago's Flour Mills now stand. Mortuary facilities were provided from 1875.
The line through Newtown was quadruplicated in 1892, and a new station was built at the present location. This station contained two side platforms and an island platform in the centre. The site of the original station became a goods yard. The track through Newtown was sextuplicated in 1927 in association with electrification works. As part of the works, the northern side platform and the island platform on the middle pair of tracks were taken out of use and demolished, while the southern side platform was modified and converted into the current island platform.
In October 2012 a new entrance to the station was opened, constructed as part of a major upgrade to the station and surrounding precinct. The upgrade work included demolition of the existing platform building, replacing the platform surface and canopies, and the construction of a new concourse featuring lifts and enhanced stair access to the platform. The existing access to the platform, via a single narrow flight of stairs connected to a heritage entrance building on King St, was closed. Several buildings were refurbished and converted to retail use, including the former entrance building.
Platforms and services
The station is served by four trains per hour each way during the day, and with lesser frequency at night and additional trains during weekday peaks. during peak hours the station is served by eight trains per hour each way - four all stations to/from Homebush, and four express to/from Campbelltown via Fairfield. Travel time to Town Hall Station in the city is 11 minutes.
|1||all stations and limited stops services services to Central and the City Circle.|
|2||all stations and limited stops services to Glenfield and Campbelltown via Granville and Homebush.|
Sydney Buses runs nine routes via Newtown station:
- Route 352 - weekdays (Monday to Friday) daytime services - between Bondi Junction Interchange and Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre
- Route 355 - between Bondi Junction Interchange and Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre
- Route 370 - between Leichhardt Marketplace and Coogee
- Route 422 - between Circular Quay and Kogarah
- Route 423 - between Circular Quay and Kingsgrove
- Route L23 - Weekdays(Monday to Friday) peak hour limited stops services - between Circular Quay and Kingsgrove
- Route 426 - between Circular Quay and Dulwich Hill
- Route 428 - between Circular Quay and Canterbury
- Route L28 - weekdays (Monday to Friday) peak hour limited stops services - between Circular Quay and Canterbury.
- Route M30 - between Sydenham and Spit Junction via Wynyard station
NightRide runs three routes via Newtown station:
- Route N10 - between Sutherland station and City (Town Hall)
- Route N30 - between Macarthur station and City (Town Hall)
- Route N40 - between East Hills station and City (Town Hall)
|Preceding station||Sydney Trains||Following station|
Inner West Line
- "Main South Line". Nswrail.net.
- Janette Pelosi. "Transport in Newtown". City of Sydney.
- N.S.W. Railway Passenger Services 1880-1905 Australian Railway History, Vol 56, No. 810, April 2005 p141
- Sydney Electric Trains from 1926-1960, Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, April 2001 p128.
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