Avondale Railway Station

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Avondale
Auckland Transport Urban rail
Avondale Train Station, 2014.jpg
Location Layard Street, Avondale
Owned by KiwiRail and Auckland Transport
Line(s) Western Line
Platforms Side platform
Tracks Mainline (2)
Construction
Platform levels 1
Parking Street parking only
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Station code AVD
History
Opened 1880
Rebuilt 2010
Electrified 25kV AC[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2009) 1,206 passengers/day
Services
  KiwiRail  
Preceding station   Transdev Auckland   Following station
toward Britomart
Western Line
toward Swanson

Avondale Railway Station is on the Western Line of the Auckland railway network. Relocated in 2008, the station can be accessed from St Jude St, Layard St, and Crayford St.

The proposed Avondale–Southdown Line would connect to the Western Line just east of the station.

History[edit]

  • 1880: Opened as one of the original stations on the North Auckland Line.[2] The station was known as Whau for the first two years of its existence.[3]
  • 1882: A post office opened as part of the station.[2]
  • 1912: The post office closed.[2]
  • 1914: The platform was upgraded to an island platform layout with a new building on the new platform.[2]
  • 1915: A signal box was added.[2]
  • 1966: The line to Morningside was double-tracked.[2]
  • 1967: The signal box was removed after this section changed to centralised traffic control.[2]
  • 1993: The platform was raised to meet the requirements of ex-Perth trains.[2]
  • 1995: The station building was relocated to Swanson.[2]
  • 2008: The footbridge was demolished, the platform removed and a temporary station erected 50m to the east of the site.
  • 2010: A new station was constructed and the line double-tracked westward beyond Avondale. The station opened on 14 June.
  • 2014: Platforms extended to 150m from 143m for the new electric AM[4] class EMU trains.

Upgrade and relocation[edit]

The old station just prior to demolition at the end of 2008. The new station is located around the bend to the left.

Until 26 December 2008 it had an island platform just west of Blockhouse Bay Road, reached via a footbridge off the road. In 2010 an upgraded station was built on Layard Street, north of the St Jude Street level crossing and approximately 100m west and 200m south of the old station.

The new station provides better connections with the Avondale town centre and the platform is on a straight section of track, unlike the old platform which was on a large sharp curve.[5]

Electrification work was completed and the station began serving electric trains in 2015.

Services[edit]

A number of bus routes pass nearby on Great North Road, Rosebank Road and Blockhouse Bay Road. These include routes 18, 008, 107, 138, 195, 209, 221, 221x, 223 and 223x.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Auckland Electrifcation Map" (PDF). KiwiRail. September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Railway Stations of Auckland's Western Line (2004) by Sean Millar
  3. ^ Avondale Te Whau Heritage Walks (Auckland: Auckland City Council, [2008?])
  4. ^ New Zealand AM class electric multiple unit
  5. ^ "Project DART update July 2007" (PDF). July 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2008. 
  6. ^ "Western Guide – from 11 June 2017" (PDF). Auckland Transport. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 

Coordinates: 36°53′49.34″S 174°41′56.86″E / 36.8970389°S 174.6991278°E / -36.8970389; 174.6991278