Haifa Hof HaCarmel Railway Station
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Looking up from the centre platform, with Israel Railways' control centre situated above.
|Opened||July 10, 1999|
Haifa Hof HaCarmel Railway Station (Hebrew: תחנת הרכבת חיפה חוף הכרמל, Taḥanat HaRakevet Haifa Ḥof HaCarmel, lit. Carmel Coast railway station, sometimes spelled Haifa Hof HaKarmel) is an Israel Railways passenger station serving the city of Haifa, Israel.
The station is situated on the north-south Coastal line in southwest Haifa. It is located on Sakharov street adjacent to Haifa Hof HaCarmel Central Bus Station, just north of Haifa South interchange, where the Coastal Highway (Highway 2) splits into Highway 4 and the Carmel Tunnels. The station is within walking distance of two shopping malls (Haifa Mall and Castra Mall), Haifa's Congressional Center and the MATAM hi-tech park. It is one of three railway stations serving the city of Haifa directly and one of six stations within Haifa's municipal borders.
During the British Mandate, the station was known as Kfar Samir. Carmel Beach Railway Station was built during the first half of 1999 as part of the Carmel Beach Transport complex on the southern outskirts of Haifa. It opened on July 10, 1999. In the spring of 2006, work began on a second story to house a modern control and supervision center. The construction was completed by the end of 2007.
During the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict train service to the station was suspended after a Hezbollah Katyusha rocket hit a train depot in Haifa on July 16, 2006, killing 8 Israel Railways workers. This suspension meant that Haifa, in addition to the rest of northern Israel, was cut off from the train network. The service was reinstated several days later, after Israel Railways gave in to heavy public pressure led by Haifa’s mayor, Yona Yahav. This made it the northernmost station to operate during the war, providing the only train link to the whole of northern Israel.
The station consists of two side platforms and one island platform, numbered from west to east (1 to 4), between each side platform and the island platform there are two rail tracks – four in total. The length of western platform (platform 1) and the two platforms on the island platform (platforms 2 and 3) is 250 meters, while the eastern platform (platform 4) is only 70 meters in length.
The main station hall is located to the east of the rail tracks. Several meters north of the entrance to the station there is a pedestrian tunnel connecting the railway station with the adjacent Carmel Beach Central Bus Station. In addition, a small station building is located to the west of the rail tracks, allowing access to the beach and the parking lot outside the station.
The two side platforms and the island platform are interconnected by a pedestrian tunnel equipped with lifts allowing access for the disabled. A second tunnel connects the station's eastern and western sides, running alongside but separated by a glass brick wall from the platform-access tunnel, this tunnel was constructed after Haifa's city council demanded that a free access to the beach, west of the station, would be provided, bypassing any station territory where train tickets are required.
Carmel Beach Railway Station is the only railway station in Israel with a reinforced concrete roof spanning from the eastern station hall to the western station building covering all the rail tracks and platforms, this roof eventually became the floor of the second story of the station, housing Israel Railways' computerized centralized traffic control center. Platform 1 is used for northbound Inter-City trains, platform 2 for southbound Inter-City trains. Platform 3 is used only for suburban trains requiring the relocation of the locomotive from one end of the train to the other and platform 4 is the primary platform used by suburban trains.
Carmel Beach Railway Station is a station on the main North-South Coastal line of Israel Railways and serves intercity trains (Nahariya – Haifa – Tel-Aviv – Ben-Gurion Airport Inter-City Service) operating on it and is a terminus for the suburban line serving Haifa's northern suburbs – The Qrayot, Akko, and Naharyia, as well as being an important interchange station between the two railway lines. It also serves trains operating on the Jezreel Valley railway. The station is situated between Haifa Bat Galim Railway Station to the north and Atlit Railway Station.
|Preceding station||Israel Railways||Following station|
|Haifa Bat Galim
|Nahariya – Haifa – Tel Aviv – Ben-Gurion Airport – Modi'in
towards Modi'in Central
|Nahariya – Haifa – Tel Aviv – Be'er Sheva
|Tel Aviv University
towards Be'er Sheva Center
|Nahariya – Kiryat Motzkin - Haifa
|Haifa Bat Galim
towards Beit She'an
|Beit She'an – Afula – Migdal HaEmek – Yokneam Illit – Haifa – Atlit
Public transport connections
Carmel Beach Railway Station is adjacent to Carmel Beach Central Bus Station and connected to it via a pedestrian tunnel, this makes the station accessible from dozens of city and Inter-City bus lines.