Edgecliff railway station

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Edgecliff
Edgecliff railway station 1.JPG
Eastbound view from Platform 2 in October 2010
Location New South Head Road, Edgecliff
Coordinates 33°52′45″S 151°14′10″E / 33.87911°S 151.23620°E / -33.87911; 151.23620Coordinates: 33°52′45″S 151°14′10″E / 33.87911°S 151.23620°E / -33.87911; 151.23620
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by Sydney Trains
Line(s) Eastern Suburbs
Distance 4.82 kilometres from Central
Platforms 2 (1 island)
Tracks 2
Connections Bus
Construction
Structure type Underground
Other information
Status Staffed
Station code ECL
Website Sydney Trains
History
Opened 23 June 1979
Electrified Yes
Services
Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
towards Waterfall or Cronulla
T4: Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line
Terminus
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
South Coast Line
(peak hours and weekends only)
Terminus

Edgecliff railway station is located on the Eastern Suburbs line, serving the Sydney suburb of Edgecliff. It is served by Sydney Trains T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line services and NSW TrainLink South Coast Line services.

History[edit]

Whilst the Eastern Suburbs Railway was not originally intended to travel via Edgecliff, the first proposal for an Edgecliff station was in 1947. In 1963 it was suggested that Edgecliff be the terminus of the first stage of the railway, but by 1967 it was decided Bondi Junction was a better terminus location.

Edgecliff station opened on 23 June 1979 when the Eastern Suburbs line opened from Central to Bondi Junction.[1][2]

Although not directly mentioned in projects associated with the Rail Clearways Program, work was taken out at Edgecliff as a part of the Bondi Junction Turnback project. This involved the motorisation and signalling of an emergency crossover located at the western end of the station. Previously it had not been possible to ordinarily terminate trains at Edgecliff. When completed in September 2004 it permitted trains to terminate at Edgecliff and return towards the city. This was necessary to allow the closing of Bondi Junction station while major work was carried out there but allowing the line to otherwise remain open.

On 15 January 2014, a Tangara derailed just past Edgecliff. It was found that an incorrect repair had been done to one of the axles of the train in 1998/9, leading the axle eventually breaking. During the derailment, a piece of metal, used for the edge of a concrete slab on the track, was lifted and pierced into the passenger cabin, almost injuring several passengers.[3]

An accessibility upgrade for the station was announced in September 2015.[4]

Platforms & services[edit]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1
services to Cronulla, Waterfall & Helensbrgh [5]
services to Wollongong, Port Kembla, Dapto & Kiama only during peak hours [6]
2
services to Bondi Junction [5]
services to Bondi Junction only during peak hours[6]

Bus Interchange[edit]

Entrance on New South Head Road in August 2007
Bus Interchange in December 2011

Upon opening most bus services travelling past the station towards the city were curtailed to terminate at the station. Despite the 1976 review that caused the design of the bus interchanges at Edgecliff and Bondi Junction to be scaled back, significant work was completed at Edgecliff to better facilitate these bus route changes: a tunnel had been dug under Ocean Street and Edgecliff Road, around the Edgecliff Post Office to New South Head Road.[7]

However, because the time savings of the train over the bus from Edgecliff were minimal and integrated ticketing was not available, fewer passengers than anticipated opted to change modes at the interchange. As initially configured, the western most platform was reserved for arrivals, with 11 stands spread across four platforms for departures with a stabling facility at the eastern end.

In June 2002, the status of the interchange declined with a number of the routes that terminated at Edgecliff either cancelled or extended through to the city, operating directly via New South Head Road. It is now only by services to the city from Bondi Junction (and vice versa) plus those from the city to the Eastern Suburbs continuing east along New South Head Road.

The former control room has been leased to non government organisation Holdsworth Community along with the former bus stabling area. When the CBD and South East Light Rail opens in 2019, it is proposed route L94 from La Perouse will terminate at Edgecliff.[8]

The following routes operate from Edgecliff Interchange. All routes operated by the State Transit Authority.

Stand A:

Stand B:

Stand C:

Stand D:

Stand E:

New South Head Road

Trackplan[edit]

Track arrangement at Edgecliff

References[edit]

  1. ^ Edgecliff Station NSWrail.net
  2. ^ Edgecliff Railway Station NSW Environment & Heritage
  3. ^ "Australian Transport Safety Bureau Investigation Report". Derailment of Sydney Trains Passenger Train 602M near Edgecliff station, Sydney, NSW on 15 January 2014. 3 December 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "NSW Government commits to accessibility upgrade for Edgecliff Station". Transport for NSW. 29 September 2015. 
  5. ^ a b T4 timetable Sydney Trains January 2015
  6. ^ a b South Coast timetable Sydney Trains February 2015
  7. ^ Kennedy, Brian (1982). Subterranean Sydney. Frenchs Forest: AH & AW Reed. p. 63. ISBN 058950312X. 
  8. ^ Transport for NSW draft bus changes under CBD and South East Light Rail plan Southern Courier 25 August 2014
  9. ^ a b c d Routes 200, 326, 327 & 328 timetable Sydney Buses 4 October 2015
  10. ^ a b c d e f g Routes 323, 324 & 325 timetable Sydney Buses 4 October 2015

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