Waterloo Interchange (Hutt Central) Railway Station

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Not to be confused with London Waterloo station.
Waterloo Interchange (Hutt Central)
Metlink suburban rail
Waterloo railway station 01.JPG
Station statistics
Address Cambridge Terrace, Lower Hutt
Coordinates 41°12′49.77″S 174°55′15.95″E / 41.2138250°S 174.9210972°E / -41.2138250; 174.9210972
Line(s) Wairarapa Line
Connections Bus services
Platforms Dual, side
Tracks Main line (2)
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Baggage check No
Other information
Opened 26 May 1927
Rebuilt 26 November 1988
Electrified 12 September 1953
Station code WATE
Owned by Greater Wellington Regional Council
Fare zone 4[1]
Formerly Waterloo
Services
  ONTRACK  
Preceding station   Tranz Metro   Following station
toward Upper Hutt
Hutt Valley Line
toward Wellington
toward Masterton
Wairarapa Connection
toward Wellington

Waterloo Interchange railway station is a two-platform suburban railway station in Waterloo, a suburb of the city of Lower Hutt in the Wellington region of New Zealand’s North Island. It stands on the Wairarapa Line (formerly the Hutt Valley Branch), between Pohutukawa Street and Cambridge Terrace. (Cambridge Terrace joins the Eastern Hutt Road, the main thoroughfare along the eastern side of the upper part of the Hutt Valley.) Waterloo operates as an important transit hub for Wainuiomata, as buses from Wainuiomata connect with the Hutt Valley system through this station. The interchange is served by Wairarapa Connection and Hutt Valley Line trains.

The station is over the road from an ambulance station and from a shopping precinct, and stands next to a bus depot. A water treatment plant, supplying water to most of Lower Hutt and central Wellington, stands next to the station. Due to its status as an interchange, it serves as a point of convergence for several bus routes.

History[edit]

Two major reasons were the impetus for the construction of the Hutt Valley Branch between Petone and Waterloo: first, the Petone Workshops had reached the end of their useful life; second, with increasing traffic demands on the line between Petone and Haywards and the lack of room to double-track the line on its existing route meant a new main line had to be built. The line was surveyed between 1924 and 1925, with a short industrial branch leaving the Hutt Valley Branch at Woburn to serve the new Hutt Workshops. On 26 May 1927 the rails reached Waterloo, which was then in the middle of open fields. This station was the terminus of the Hutt Valley Branch line until an extension north to Naenae was opened in 1946. The station was opened with automatic, three-aspect colour light signals which had been standard since 1924.

It was always intended that Waterloo would one day serve a major population centre which, in the years following World War II and the population boom that ensued, was proved correct. Significant urban development of the Hutt Valley in the 1940s led to the decision in February 1946 to commence electrification in 1949 and to operate electric train between Waterloo and Wellington from August 1953. Until the connection of the Hutt Valley Branch to the Wairarapa Line and its opening as the new main line on 1 March 1954, Waterloo served only suburban passenger services, with Upper Hutt and Wairarapa trains continuing to use the old line between Haywards and Petone on the western side of the Hutt Valley.

In 1986, as a result of the Hutt Valley Transport Study, Waterloo was designated an interchange for bus and rail services in preference to Woburn, which had previously had this role. It was felt that Waterloo was a more logical choice as it was closer to centres of residential and commercial interest, had sufficient room for bus platforms to be installed, and was not burdened with other operational requirements such as Woburn being the junction with the Gracefield Branch, with its loops and sidings. The new interchange facility at Waterloo was opened on 26 November 1988, and fully integrated with all the new public transport routes and timetables by the following March.

Services[edit]

The following Metlink bus routes pass through or terminate at Waterloo:

Previous Stop Metlink Bus Services Next Stop
Knights Road
towards Stokes Valley
121
Valley Heights
Waterloo Road
towards Gracefield
Waterloo Road
towards Naenae
130
Naenae
Knights Road
towards Petone
Oxford Terrace
towards Kelson
150
Western Hills
Knights Road
towards Petone
Waterloo Road
towards Queensgate
160
Wainuiomata North
Guthrie Street
towards Wainuiomata
Waterloo Road
towards Queensgate
170
Wainuiomata South
Guthrie Street
towards Wainuiomata

See also[edit]

Upper Hutt Railway Station

References[edit]

  1. ^ Metlink. "Text description of fare zone boundaries". Greater Wellington Regional Council. Retrieved 2007-11-27. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Cameron, Walter Norman (1976). A Line Of Railway: The Railway Conquest of the Rimutakas. Wellington: New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society. ISBN 0-908573-00-6. 
  • Bromby, Robin (2003). Rails That Built A Nation: An Encyclopedia of New Zealand Railways. Wellington: Grantham House Publishing. ISBN 1-86934-080-9. 
  • Churchman, Geoffrey B.; Hurst, Tony (2001) [1990]. The Railways of New Zealand: A Journey Through History (2nd edition ed.). Wellington: Transpress New Zealand. ISBN 0-908876-20-3. 

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