Marion railway station

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Marion
MarionRailwayStation2014.jpg
Location Farne Terrace
Marion SA 5043
Coordinates 34°59′56″S 138°33′10″E / 34.9989538°S 138.5528014°E / -34.9989538; 138.5528014Coordinates: 34°59′56″S 138°33′10″E / 34.9989538°S 138.5528014°E / -34.9989538; 138.5528014
Owned by DPTI
Operated by Adelaide Metro
Line(s) Seaford Line
Distance 11.4 km from Adelaide
Platforms 2 (1 Centre)
Tracks 2
Construction
Structure type Ground
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened 26 May 1954[1]
Rebuilt 30 November 2013[2]
Services
Preceding station   TransAdelaide   Following station
toward Adelaide
Seaford line
toward Seaford

Marion railway station is located on the Seaford line.[3] Situated in the south-western Adelaide suburb of Marion, it is 11.4 kilometres from Adelaide station.

History[edit]

Until the early 1950s the Ascot Park and Oaklands stations serviced Marion with a single rail track. In 1953 the line was duplicated as far as Oaklands, and as part of that work a new station was constructed at Marion.[4]

Footbridge over the station, since removed.

Marion received a station building similar to that still remaining at Woodlands Park station. In the 1960s concerns were raised regarding the safety of pedestrians crossing at the southern end of the station, where no pedestrian barriers had been installed. This lack was seen as contributing to a fatality in 1967.[5]

In response, a pedestrian footbridge was constructed in 1970,[6] and the then existing pedestrian maze barrier-equipped crossing at the northern end was removed. This ensured that the footbridge provided the sole personal access to both the platform and to the other side of the line. At the northern end, a more convenient low-level track crossing and station access was re-installed in the 1990s.

As part of the electrification of the line, Marion station was rebuilt in 2013, with a new waiting shelter installed, an underpass built and the bridge demolished.[7]

Underpass[edit]

As part of the electrification works on the Seaford line, an underpass was built at the northern end to replace the overpass and pedestrian crossing. The project was completed on 30 November 2013.[7][8][9]

Local residents had expressed their preference that the overpass be replaced instead.[10] Although it was meant to address flooding issues that had plagued the area, the underpass flooded twice in 2014.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marion rail station opens Wednesday". The News. 62, (9,602). South Australia. 21 May 1954. p. 3. Retrieved 3 September 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ Marion Station Underpass Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure 3 September 2016
  3. ^ Seaford & Tonsley timetable Adelaide Metro 20 July 2014
  4. ^ Dolling, Alison (1981). The History of Marion on the Sturt. Peacock Publications, Norwood. 
  5. ^ Tragic death in 1967 Martion Safety Blogspot
  6. ^ Donley, RJR (2001). Marion 1945-2000: A Suburban City. Peacock Publications, Norwood. 
  7. ^ a b Marion Street Underpass Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure
  8. ^ Marion Railway Station Pedestrian Access Imprpvement – Ftrquently Asked Questions[permanent dead link] Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure
  9. ^ "Marion Station underpass completed" Railway Digest February 2014 page 19
  10. ^ Angry residents oppose unsafe underpass at Marion station Adelaide Advertiser
  11. ^ Students risk lives by crossing electrified rail tracks at Marion after train station flooded Adelaide Advertiser 30 June 2014

External links[edit]

Media related to Marion railway station at Wikimedia Commons