Kiama railway station

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Kiama
NSW TrainLink intercity train station
Bombo · Gerringong
Kiama Station
Location Railway Parade, Kiama
New South Wales
Australia
Coordinates 34°40′20″S 150°51′17″E / 34.6723°S 150.8548°E / -34.6723; 150.8548Coordinates: 34°40′20″S 150°51′17″E / 34.6723°S 150.8548°E / -34.6723; 150.8548
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by NSW TrainLink
Line(s) South Coast
Distance 119.160 km from Central[1]
Platforms 2 (island), 194 and 196 metres[1]
Train operators NSW TrainLink
Bus operators
Construction
Structure type At-grade
Parking 40 spaces[2]
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Easy Access
Other information
Fare zone MyMulti3
Website Sydney Trains
History
Opened 2 June 1893[3]
Electrified 17 November 2001
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 115,376[4]
Rank 192nd of 307[5]

Kiama is an intercity train station located in Kiama, New South Wales, Australia, on the South Coast railway line. The station serves NSW TrainLink diesel multiple unit trains travelling south to Bomaderry and electric multiple unit trains north to Wollongong and Sydney.[6] Premier Illawarra and Kiama Coaches operate connecting bus services to the surrounding towns of Gerroa, Jamberoo and Shellharbour. Early morning and late night services to and from stations to the south are provided by train replacement bus services.[6] Kiama Station is listed on the state heritage register.[7]

As a seaside town, Kiama was initially reliant on coastal shipping for its links to Wollongong and Sydney. The railway first arrived in the Kiama district in November 1887, with the opening of a new station at North Kiama (since renamed Bombo), on the town's northern outskirts.[8] The terminus was only a temporary arrangement, however: the NSW Government Railways had already signed contracts to further extend the railway south the previous year. Kiama was the northernmost station on that extension, built by firm of W. Monie & J. Angus between 1886 and 1893.[9] The new station opened in June 1893. The station precinct included the passenger station building and island platform that exist today, plus a substantial goods yard to the south built to serve the local pastoral and dairy industries – though all that remains of the yard is a turntable, an ash pit and some remnant track. The station building is significant in that it became the model for island platform stations built in NSW over the following 30 years.[7]

Electric trains began operating on the line from Dapto to Kiama in November 2001,[10] but the line to the south has remained as non-electrified single track. Since 2001, most northbound trains from Bomaderry have terminated at Kiama, requiring passengers to change to electric multiple unit services heading north. In 2005, the then Minister for Transport, John Watkins, announced that electrification would be extended to the terminus at Bomaderry at an unspecified future date, but the proposal did not progress.[11]

Kiama Station was upgraded to be wheelchair-accessible in 2005.[7] In 2014, electronic ticketing in the form of the Opal smart card became available at the station.[12]

Connecting services[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Asset Standards Authority (30 April 2015). "Train Operating Conditions (TOC) Manual – Track Diagrams (version 3.0)" (PDF). 
  2. ^ Transport for New South Wales (21 June 2014). "New Kiama Commuter Car Park and Shell Cove Station reach next stage". 
  3. ^ Bozier, Rolfe. "NSWrail.net: Kiama Station". 
  4. ^ Bureau of Transport Statistics (March 2015). "Summary of train journeys (official patronage figures)". 
  5. ^ Bureau of Transport Statistics (November 2012). Compendium of Sydney Rail Travel Statistics, 8th Edition. 
  6. ^ a b Sydney Trains (October 2014). "South Coast Line – Bomaderry or Port Kembla to Central and Bondi Junction". 
  7. ^ a b c Office of Environment & Heritage (17 February 2010). "Kiama Railway Station Group and Turntable". 
  8. ^ Office of Environment & Heritage (5 July 2009). "Bombo Railway Station Group". 
  9. ^ Office of Environment & Heritage (7 December 2009). "NSW heritage register: Bomaderry railway station and yard group". Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Electrifying news". South Coast Register. 20 November 2001. 
  11. ^ "Govt announces Kiama-Bomaderry rail electrification". ABC News. 1 July 2005. 
  12. ^ Opal card available on all Sydney trains by next Friday Sydney Morning Herald 20 March 2014

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