Sefton railway station

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Sefton
Sefton railway station june 2011.JPG
Station code SFT
Suburb Sefton
Street(s) Wellington Road
Distance from Central Station 21.19 km
Altitude (above sea level) ? m
Types of stopping trains Suburban all stops
Suburban limited stops
Number of platforms 2
Number of tracks 3
Platform arrangement 1 Island
Type of station Ground
Ticket barriers No
Transfers available Bus
Train
Disabled access Yes
Station facilities Link

Sefton is a railway station on the Bankstown Line of the Sydney Trains metropolitan rail network in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It serves the suburb of Sefton, a mostly residential area. Clustered around Sefton railway station is a fruit shop, a chemist, a gunsmith, a funeral parlour, and, further afield, the "Sefton Playhouse", a popular strip club. The station has a simple island platform.

A third track known as the Southern Sydney Freight Line was opened in 2011 to carry freight trains separately from the passenger lines. As part of the project, Sefton received an easy access upgrade.

History[edit]

Sefton station was built in 1923-1924 as part of the construction of a new, by-pass route for the Main Southern railway line. The existing Lidcombe to Regent's Park line was extended to Cabrammatta. The footbridge was constructed in 1923, with the station building completed in 1924 and opened for the first passenger service on 19 October 1924. Goods trains had started operating on the line on 15 May 1924. The station building is of a characteristic standard design from the 1920s and 1930s. The station was further expanded in the following years, with booking and parcels offices installed on the footbridge in 1928.[1]

The station has undergone changes over the years as the importance of the station decreased and its urban context changed. The buildings on the footbridge were removed. Flower boxes, hedges and trees on the platform were removed. An awning was erected at the end of the 20th century to connect the footbridge landing with the main station building. In 2009, as part of the construction of the Southern Sydney Freight Line, major works were carried out in and around the station, including reconstruction of part of the footbridge, and the installation of lifts to allow step-free access from the streets to the platform.

Service history[edit]

From inception, passenger services at Sefton connected it directly to Lidcombe, Strathfield and the City Circle (later known as the Inner West Line). With the completion of the Bankstown Line extension from Birrong, services were added through the station between Liverpool and Bankstown. However, services on the Inner West Line were progressively reduced until they were eliminated in 2013. This means that travelling between Sefton and Regents Park requires interchange at Birrong, while travelling between Sefton and Strathfield required two interchanges, at Birrong and Lidcombe respectively.

Description[edit]

Sefton railway station serves the suburb of Sefton, a mostly residential area. Clustered around the station are two small commercial strips located to the north and south, which include, among other establishments, a fruit shop, a chemist, a gunsmith, a funeral parlour, and some small eateries. Further afield are the "Sefton Playhouse", a popular strip club, and Sefton High School. The station has a simple island platform. The platform is accessed, via a footbridge, from the corner of Wellington Road and Helen Street (South) on the south side, and from Helen Street (North) on the north side.

Platforms and services[edit]

As of the new Sydney Trains timetables on Sunday 20 October 2013: on weekdays the station is served by two 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 two trains per hour in each direction for most of the day. [2]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1
all stations and limited stops services to Bankstown, Central and the City Circle via Bankstown
2
all stations and limited stops services to Liverpool

Transport links[edit]

Transdev NSW runs one route via Sefton railway station:

Gallery[edit]

Trackplan[edit]

Nearby is the more complicated Sefton Park Junction, which is a triangle, with an additional freight only spur. Passenger trains operate on all three sides of the triangle.

Neighbouring stations[edit]

Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
towards Liverpool
T3
Bankstown Line
towards Central

Notes and references[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°53′07″S 151°00′41″E / 33.885300°S 151.011525°E / -33.885300; 151.011525