Mount Albert Railway Station

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Not to be confused with Mont Albert railway station.
Mount Albert
Auckland Transport Urban rail
Mt Albert Railway Station, May 2014.jpg
Looking down at the station platform from the Carrington Road and New North Road concourse entrances.
Location Mount Albert, Auckland City
Coordinates 36°53.1′S 174°42.8′E / 36.8850°S 174.7133°E / -36.8850; 174.7133
Owned by KiwiRail Network and Auckland Transport
Line(s) Western Line
Platforms Island platform
Tracks Mainline (2)
Construction
Platform levels 1
Parking No
Bicycle facilities No
History
Opened 1880
Rebuilt 2012, December
Electrified 25kV AC[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2009) 1,951 passengers/day
Services
  KiwiRail  
Preceding station   Transdev Auckland   Following station
toward Britomart
Western Line
toward Swanson

Mount Albert Railway Station is in the suburb of Mount Albert on the Western Line of the Auckland railway network in New Zealand, near Unitec, a local tertiary education provider, and is popular with Unitec students. It has an island platform and is reached by a footbridge from Carrington Road at the northern end, an overbridge from New North Road on the eastern side, and a subway that runs between Willcott Street and New North Road at the southern end.

History[edit]

  • 1880: Opened as one of the original stations on the North Auckland Line.[2]
  • 1908: A signal box was added.[2]
  • 1909: A new station building was built, after the previous one was destroyed by fire.[2]
  • 1920s: A siding to Mount Albert Quarry from the station is closed.[2]
  • 1966: The line was double-tracked and much of the station's infrastructure (including the signal box) was removed. The signal box is preserved at MOTAT.[2]
  • 2010: Significant discussion, including during the run-up to the local body elections, considered the station (and especially its access-ways and weather shelters) as dilapidated and in need of renewal.[3] Also particularly criticised were the run-down shop rear areas fronting the railway station from the New North Road side. A former Auckland City councilor suggested that a green wall would offer an option to hide these unsightly areas behind low-cost, low-maintenance planting.[4]
  • 2013: The station was upgraded as part of a 2-stage Auckland Transport program in anticipation of the Auckland railway electrification project. The $9 million upgrade, which included an overhead covered walkway from Carrington Road, new passenger shelters, and other enhancements, was ceremonially opened in July 2013.[5][6] The second stage, which was to include a $1.23 million overbridge walkway to New North Road, was scheduled to be completed by August 2016.[7][8]
  • 2016: The overbridge, connecting the station directly to the pedestrian precinct of the Mount Albert shopping area, was opened on 17 September 2016.[citation needed]

Bus transfers[edit]

The following bus services pass this station, allowing easy transfer, although there are no signs or information provided at the station:

Previous major stop AT Bus Services Next major stop
Unitec
clockwise
Outer Link
St Lukes Mall
anti-clockwise
Unitec
towards Point Chevalier
007
Pt Chevalier–St Heliers
St Lukes Mall
towards Saint Heliers
Point Chevalier Shops
towards Wynyard Quarter
010
Wynyard–Onehunga
Royal Oak
towards Onehunga
Blockhouse Bay Shops
towards Titirangi
209
Titirangi–Downtown (via New North Road)
Britomart
Terminus
Avondale
towards Rosebank Road
221
Rosebank Rd–Midtown (via New North Road)
St Lukes Mall
towards Victoria Street West
Avondale
towards Patiki Road
222
Patiki Rd–Midtown (via New North Road)
Avondale
towards New Lynn
223
New Lynn–Midtown (via New North Road)
Avondale
towards Henderson
224
Henderson–Midtown (via New North Road)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Auckland Electrifcation Map" (PDF). KiwiRail. September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Railway Stations of Auckland's Western Line (2004) by Sean Millar
  3. ^ Davison, Isaac (14 September 2010). "Super City: Transport cuts to heart of the matter". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "The 'Green Wall of Mt Albert'". Auckland City Harbour News. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Stage one transforms Mt Albert Train Station". Scoop.co.nz. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Mt Albert railway station upgrade wakes the neighbours". NZ Herald. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "Mt Albert pedestrian overbridge gets green light". Stuff.co.nz. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Mt Albert's pedestrian overbridge on hold". Stuff.co.nz. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2017.