North Sydney railway station
|Address||Blue Street, North Sydney
New South Wales, Australia
|Line(s)||North Shore railway line|
|Distance||5.13 km (3.19 mi) from Central|
|Structure type||Built over|
|Platforms||4 (2 Island)|
North Sydney railway station is a Sydney Trains station which lies on the North Shore railway line, 5.1 km from Central railway station, Sydney, Australia. It serves the major employment centre of North Sydney and is the fifth busiest railway station in NSW.
The station was created as part of the construction project for the Sydney Harbour Bridge and opened to traffic on 19 March 1932 at the same time that the bridge was opened. Rail services through North Sydney have been electrified since their inception and currently form part of the North Shore, Northern & Western Line.
North Sydney is the 5th most patronised railway station in Sydney (out of a total of 176 stations), with an average of 28,780 passengers boarding per day.
The station was built in a rock cutting with a street level overhead concourse above the platforms. The station has four platforms which correspond with the four railway tracks that were designed to cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge. At the Waverton end of the station there are four tunnels which have been cut into the rock. Unused tunnel stubs of 260 metres for proposed lines to Newport and Northbridge were cut at the same time with Chief Design Engineer John Bradfield calculating that without these, later construction of these lines would interfere with the North Shore line.
From 1932 until 1958 two of the rail tracks designed for the bridge were used by trams, the latter being diverted onto Blue St just before they would have entered North Sydney Station. After 1958 the tram tracks were removed from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and replaced by roadway.
As North Sydney has grown to become an important employment centre the airspace above the platforms have been progressively covered by high-rise commercial buildings built above with the last part built over in the early 1980s.
The station was upgraded to handle extra traffic as a result of the opening of the Epping to Chatswood line in 2009. Local business interests and the local council had said that North Sydney station was inadequate for the passenger traffic that flows through it, with 45,000 passengers per day using the station and up to 75,000 passengers by 2021. Major work commenced in mid-2006 to provide an expanded concourse, enhanced station safety and security systems and new lifts and escalators.
Platforms and services
The four platforms at North Sydney can have different usages, but the outer platforms are generally the only ones used in off-peak; the middle platforms generally serve terminating trains arriving from the city. Because the four platforms at North Sydney serve a double track railway to the north and south of the station, it has significant capacity for terminating traffic. Up to six trains are stabled in the middle road tunnels at North Sydney and up to six trains may be stabled in the nearby sidings at Lavender Bay during the day. The line north through the tunnel from Platform 3 was not laid until 1992 and commissioned in August 1993. The tunnel roads serving platforms 2 and 3 both have a 10 km/h speed limit and are occasionally used by passenger services.
As of the new Sydney Trains timetables on Sunday the 20th of October 2013: on weekdays the station is served by ten trains per hour in each direction for most of the day, with additional trains provided during peak hours; and on weekends the station is served by six trains per hour in each direction for most of the day.
There are 'turn-up-and-go' train services provided during weekday peak hours, to the City, having a frequency of up to twenty trains per hour with a 3 to 4 minute interval.
|1||All stations and limited stops services to Central, then Strathfield and beyond.|
|2||Terminating services, returning to all stations and limited stops services to Central, then Strathfield and beyond.||Infrequently used.|
|3||Terminating services, returning to all stations and limited stops services to Central, then Strathfield and beyond.||Infrequently used.|
|4||All stations and limited stops services to Chatswood, then Hornsby via Macquarie Park or Berowra via Gordon.||Peak hour intercity services to Gosford and Wyong via Chatswood.|
North Sydney (Blue Street) Stand departures
- 261 - weekdays (Monday to Friday) and Saturday daytime services - to Lane Cove via Longueville
- 263 - to Crows Nest - (Burlington Street)
- 273 - to Chatswood - (Interchange)
- 252 - weekdays (Monday to Friday) and Saturday daytime services - to Lane Cove West - (Cope Street)
- 253 - weekdays (Monday to Friday) and Saturday daytime services - to Lane Cove West - (Ross Smith Parade and Matthews Avenue)
- 254 - to Lane Cove West - (Cope Street)
- 286 - weekdays (Monday to Friday) peak hour daytime services - to Denistone East - (Lovell Road and Colvin Crescent)
- 287 - weekdays (Monday to Friday) peak hour services - to Ryde - (Ryde Depot)
- 290 - to Epping - (Langston Place)
- 294 - weekdays (Monday to Friday) peak hour services - to Epping - (Langston Place)
- 602X- to Rouse Hill via St Leonards, Lane Cove Tunnel, M2 Busway and North-west T-way
- 612X- to Riley T-way (Stanhope Gardens) via St Leonards, Lane Cove Tunnel, M2 Busway, Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills and Kellyville
- M20 - to Gore Hill
- 202 - to Northbridge - (Cllve Park)
- 203 - weekdays (Monday to Friday) limited stops services - to Castlecrag - (Linden Way)
- 207 - to East Lindfield - (Crana Avenue)
- 208 - to East Lindfield - (Crana Avenue)
- 209 - weekdays (Monday to Friday) peak hour services - to East Lindfield - (Crana Avenue)
- E50 - weekdays (Monday to Friday) express services - to Manly - (West Promenade)
- 151 - to Mona Vale - (Barrenjoey Road)
- 168 - weekdays (Monday to Friday) peak hour services - to Warringah Mall - (Pittwater Road)
- 173 - weekdays (Monday to Friday) services - to Cromer Heights - (Truman Avenue)
- 175 - to Manly Vale - (Innes Road)
- 178 - to Dee Why - (Lismore Avenue)
- L78 - limited stops services - to Dee Why - (Lismore Avenue)
- 183 - weekdays (Monday to Friday) peak hour limited stops services - to Narrabeen - (Waterloo Street)
- 184 - to Mona Vale - (Barrenjoey Road)
- L84 - to Mona Vale - (Barrenjoey Road)
- L87 - weekdays (Monday to Friday) peak hour services - to Newport - (Coles Parade)
- 188 - limited stops services - to Palm Beach - (Ocean Road)
- 190 - limited stops services - to Palm Beach - (Ocean Road)
- 227 - to Mosman - (Military Road and Raglan Street)
- 228 - weekdays (Monday to Friday) daytime services - to Clifton Gardens - (Morella Road)
- 229 - weekdays (Monday to Friday) off peak hour services - to Beauty Point - (Pearl Bay Avenue)
- 230 - to Mosman Wharf - (Avenue Road)
- 247 - to Taronga Zoo - (Top Gate)
- "Summary of Station Barrier Counts" (ZIP) (Table 2011 within Excel spreadsheet). Bureau of Transport Statistics - NSW Government. Retrieved 2013-01-12.
- "Peninsula Railway Dead-End" Railway Digest January 1986 page 15
- "North Sydney" Railway Digest November 1992 page 434
- "Milsons Point - Waverton" Railway Digest November 1993 page 495
- Sydney Trains - North Sydney station details
- Photo gallery showing upgrade works
- Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation - upgrade project profile
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