Ashkelon Railway Station

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Ashkelon
תחנת רכבת אשקלון
Israel Railways
Ashqelon Railway.jpg
Location Adjacent to "Cosmos" shopping center, Kefar Silver Junction, Ashkelon
Coordinates 31°40′35″N 34°36′16″E / 31.67639°N 34.60444°E / 31.67639; 34.60444Coordinates: 31°40′35″N 34°36′16″E / 31.67639°N 34.60444°E / 31.67639; 34.60444
Platforms 2
Tracks 4
Construction
Parking 150 spaces
Bicycle facilities 5 spaces
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened 2005
Services
Preceding station   Israel Railways   Following station
Towards: Binyamina
Ashdod
  Binyamina/Netanya - Tel Aviv - Rehovot/Ashkelon Suburban Service   Towards: Ashkelon
Terminus
Towards: Hod Hasharon
Ashdod
  Hod Hasharon - Tel Aviv - Rishon LeZion - Be'er Sheva Suburban Service   Towards: Be'er Sheva Center
Sderot

The Ashkelon Railway Station is a railway station that is located in Ashkelon, Israel. It is the southern terminus of the BinyaminaTel AvivAshkelon and the Hod Hasharon-Rishon LeZion-Ashkelon suburban lines. A station has existed at the site since before the 1948 Arab-Israeli War when it was in service on the now-defunct line to Egypt.

In 1992 suburban service to the Ashdod Ad Halom Railway Station began. In 2002 it was decided to double-track the Ashdod–Ashkelon railway and extend the suburban service to Ashkelon. The new Ashkelon passenger station was opened in 2005. Later, a new railway north of Ashkelon was constructed between Rishon LeZion and Ashdod. This new line was inaugurated on 4 August 2013 and significantly shortened the travel time from Ashdod and Ashkelon to Tel Aviv to 35 and 45 minutes respectively.

The railway line south of the station is being extended to Beersheba, which will also enable rail service to the towns of Sderot, Ofakim and Netivot in the northern Negev. The new line is expected to open in stages by 2016.

Facilities[edit]

Station layout diagram

Facilities present at the station are:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Route Map". Israel Railways. 

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