Papakura Railway Station

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Papakura Railway Station
Auckland Transport urban rail
Papakura Railway Station - 2013.jpg
Overview of the station.
Station statistics
Coordinates 37°12.2′S 174°54.6′E / 37.2033°S 174.9100°E / -37.2033; 174.9100
Line(s) Eastern Line
Southern Line
Northern Explorer
Levels 1
Platforms Island platform (P1 & P2), side platform (P3), bay platform (P4)
Tracks Main line (2)
Passing loop (2)
Backshunt (1, south-east)
Bay platform (1)
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Baggage check No
Other information
Opened c.1875
Rebuilt 2007, 2012–2013
Electrified 25kV AC installed, not yet in service.[1]
Owned by KiwiRail and Auckland Transport
Traffic
Passengers (2011) 3,854 passengers/weekday[2]
Services
  Auckland Transport, KiwiRail  
Preceding station   MAXX (Veolia)   Following station
Eastern Line
Terminus
Southern Line
Preceding station   KiwiRail Scenic   Following station
Terminus
Northern Explorer
toward Wellington

Papakura Railway Station is on the Eastern and Southern Lines of the Auckland railway network.

Station design[edit]

An ADK unit operated by Veolia for MAXX at Papakura.

Historical[edit]

Prior to October 2012, the station had an island platform between the main lines, complete with original wooden station building and signal panel, and a suburban side platform to the west. It had a bowstring footbridge connecting the platforms, which dated from at least the 1930s, constructed of old railway iron and sleepers.[3]

Upgrades[edit]

In 2007, the island platform was extended to the north, and new shelters were installed. Sidings were commissioned at the east of the station yard for stabling trains overnight. The heritage footbridge was demolished and scrapped, despite some local opposition,[3] and replaced with a concrete bridge with two passenger lifts.

The upgrade cost NZ$4,900,000 and was paid for as part of the Auckland Regional Transport Authority's (ARTA) system-wide upgrade of stations. Platforms were lengthened to enable six-car trains, because of anticipated growth in passenger numbers. 3,000 people passed through each day as of 2007, and another thousand were anticipated to use the station within five years. The new station was the seventh station to be redeveloped by ARTA in 2007.

In 2012 - 13, KiwiRail funded a significant upgrade as part of the Auckland Electrification Project, and to provide resiliency for suburban trains and freight trains heading south. The signalling was completely replaced, and the station building and signal panel, commissioned more than 80 years earlier, were relocated to the western suburban platform, Platform 3. The building was refurbished and restored, and contains the preserved panel on display, a ticket office, public toilets and space for a coffee kiosk.

The station in 2009, before its 2012 upgrade

The North Island Main Trunk has been slewed to the east, with the island Platforms 1 and 2 adjacent to the Up main line to Auckland, typically serving suburban trains from Britomart to Pukekohe. The western suburban Platform 3 has been lengthened, and a new bay Platform 4 at its southern extremity will serve DMU shuttles to Pukekohe.

Bus stops are directly outside the ticket office, with the old bus stops on the station side of Railway Street West now only used for intercity services, and "rail buses" that operate when the railway network is shut down.

Services[edit]

Suburban rail[edit]

The station is the terminus for most suburban passenger trains on the Eastern and Southern Lines, with some continuing to Pukekohe.[4] It also serves the Auckland-Wellington Northern Explorer service.[5]

When EMU operations commence in late 2014, passengers to Pukekohe will transfer to a DMU from Platform 4. In May 2012, Auckland Transport's board included an investigation to extend electrified services to Pukekohe in its 10-year integrated transport plan.[6]

Buses[edit]

Transfers to the following services can be made at the stops on Railway Street West:

North-bound

  • 470–474 to Britomart via Great South Road
  • 80 to Keri Hill

South-bound

  • 471 to Pahurehure
  • 472 to Red Hill
  • 473 to Red Hill via Keri Hill
  • 474 to Drury via Pahurehure
  • 475 to Pukekohe via Drury
  • 476 to Tuakau via Pukekohe
  • 477X to Red Hill
  • 479 to Waiuku

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Auckland Electrifcation Map". KiwiRail. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Auckland Transport Board Meeting (20 November 2012) Agenda Item 10(i) "Rail Electrification Extension" p. 16
  3. ^ a b "Piece of history reduced to scrap metal". Fairfax NZ News. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  4. ^ MAXX: Southern Line Timetable
  5. ^ KiwiRail Scenic Journeys: Northern Explorer
  6. ^ Dearnaley, Mathew (22 May 2012). "Push for electric to Pukekohe". NZ Herald. Retrieved 10 September 2013.