Millswood railway station

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Millswood
Millswood Station (October 2014).jpg
Location 251 Goodwood Rd
Kings Park SA 5034
Coordinates 34°57′32″S 138°35′26″E / 34.958804°S 138.590602°E / -34.958804; 138.590602Coordinates: 34°57′32″S 138°35′26″E / 34.958804°S 138.590602°E / -34.958804; 138.590602
Owned by DPTI
Operated by Adelaide Metro
Line(s) Belair Line
Distance 5.9 km from Adelaide
Platforms 1 Side
Tracks 2
Bus routes G10 G20 G21 G30F N10 N21
Construction
Structure type Ground
Parking No
Bicycle facilities No
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened 1910s
Rebuilt 12 October 2014
Services
Preceding station   TransAdelaide   Following station
toward Adelaide
Belair line
toward Belair

Millswood railway station is located on the Belair line in Adelaide.[1] Situated in the Adelaide suburb of Millswood, it is 5.9 kilometres from Adelaide station.

History[edit]

The station opened circa 1910.[citation needed] The platforms were constructed of earth-filled concrete each side of the dual tracks, which were both broad gauge until 1995. There were timber framed, iron clad open passenger shelters on each platform. The two outbound Unley Park and Hawthorn stations had similar shelters. A ticket office was provided on the Up (western) platform until being demolished during in 1985, and the original shelters were in due course removed in March 1988 and replaced with the bus stop type shelters that are seen at some stations on the TransAdelaide network.

Millswood station closed on 28 April 1995, simultaneously with stations at Clapham and Hawthorn despite criticism from nearby residents, with the conversion of the Adelaide-Wolseley line to standard gauge under the One Nation programme.[2] A number of reasons were quoted as justification for the closures, including poor patronage,[3] the excessive number of stations between Goodwood and Lynton and their closeness to each other, and the impractibility of single-line working with so many stations and so few crossing points. The western platform was demolished in 2007.

Reopening[edit]

In August 2013, moves were made towards the reopening of Millswood station, with the Transport Department launching an investigation into the proposal.[4] In the leadup to the 2014 State Election, the State Government promised to reopen the station for a 12-month trial from 1 July 2014 if it was returned.[5] Upgrade works at the station commenced in July 2014 at a cost of $500,000,[6] but the initial draft timetable for the station only included every second peak-hour train not stopping at the reopened platform.[7]

The station reopened on 12 October 2014 for a 12-month trial.[8] The trial was successful, and the station was reopened permanently.[9]

Transport links[edit]

Bus Transfers: Stop 7 (Goodwood Road)
Route No. Destination & Route Details
G10
Blair Athol – City – Flinders UniversityWestfield Marion[10]
G20
City – Flinders Medical CentreAberfoyle Park[11]
G21
City – Flinders Medical CentreAberfoyle Park[12]
G30F
City – Bedford ParkBlackwood[13]
N10
Westfield MarionFlinders Medical Centre – City[14]
N21
City – Westfield MarionAberfoyle Park[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Belair timetable Adelaide Metro 12 October 2014
  2. ^ "Adelaide's Millswood Station reopens after almost 20 years" Railway Digest December 2014 page 18
  3. ^ Former Minister of Transport Frank Blevins stated there had been consideration since 1966 to close the station because of poor patronage. In December 1994, Millswood had on average 123 passenger boardings per day. Source:Question Time, Legislative Council, 12 April 1995, p. 1933
  4. ^ John Stokes (29 August 2013). "Transport Department to investigate the reopening of Millswood Station". Eastern Courier Messenger. Retrieved 2014-10-01. 
  5. ^ Emmie Dowling (20 February 2014). "Labor vows to reopen Millswood Station after almost 20 years if re-elected on March 15". Eastern Courier Messenger. Retrieved 2014-10-01. 
  6. ^ Emmie Dowling (7 July 2014). "Work has began at Millswood station ahead of a planned trial re-opening in November". Eastern Courier Messenger. Retrieved 2014-10-01. 
  7. ^ Emmie Dowling (28 July 2014). "Peak hour trains to bypass Millswood station during 12-month trial re-opening under draft timetable". Eastern Courier Messenger. Retrieved 2014-10-01. 
  8. ^ Adelaide's Millswood Station reopens after almost 20 years ABC News 13 October 2014
  9. ^ Millswood train station is set to remain open permanently, after a successful year-long trial Adelaide Now 16 October 2015
  10. ^ Route G10 Adelaide Metro
  11. ^ Route G20 Adelaide Metro
  12. ^ Route G21 Adelaide Metro
  13. ^ Route G30F Adelaide Metro
  14. ^ Route N10 Adelaide Metro
  15. ^ Route N21 Adelaide Metro

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