Mount Eden Railway Station

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Mt Eden
Auckland Transport urban rail
Mt Eden Railway Station.jpg
The view of Mt Eden station from the western end of its platform.
Location Mount Eden, Auckland
Coordinates 36°52′05″S 174°45′33″E / 36.868056°S 174.759291°E / -36.868056; 174.759291
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
Other information
Station code MTE
Website Auckland Transport
History
Opened 1880
Electrified 25kV AC[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 1,018 passengers/day Increase 9.7%
Services
Rail
  KiwiRail  
Preceding station   Transdev Auckland   Following station
toward Britomart
Western Line
toward Swanson

Mt Eden Railway Station is a Western Line station of the local railway network in the Mount Eden suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. It has an island platform, and is reached via a footbridge from Mt Eden Rd or from the level crossing between Ngahura Street and Fenton Street.

History[edit]

  • 1880: Opened as one of the original stations on the North Auckland Line.[2]
  • 1912: The present island platform and a new station building were constructed.[2]
  • 1914: A signal box was established.[2]
  • 1964: Lost much school traffic when some trains began to stop at St Peter's College (now the closed Boston Road Train Station - replaced by Grafton).
  • 1967: Following the introduction of centralised traffic control, the signal box was removed.[2]
  • Mid-1990s: The old station building was sold and removed, and is now located further up the track, past Morningside station, and is in use as a private home.[2]
  • 2004: An upgraded station was opened.

City Rail Link[edit]

Auckland Transport (AT) changed their City Rail Link plans by removing the proposed Newton Station and adding another platform at Mt Eden with a trench styled layout similar to New Lynn Railway Station. The benefit, according to Auckland Mayor Len Brown, was a saving of NZD$150 million.[3]

AT chairman Lester Levy said that there had been concerted effort to optimise the design and drive value for money. "The change that has resulted from this focus will reduce cost by removing the very deep Newton station, which will also reduce construction disruption in upper Symonds St by 12 to 18 months. The improved design will connect passengers at Mt Eden Station to the CRL which previously bypassed them and improve operation reliability through the provision of a separated east-west junction so train lines won’t need to cross over each other."

Dr Levy said the changes also will result in an improved customer experience with the CRL platform at Mt Eden to be built in a trench similar to the New Lynn station, and be open to the sky, rather than deep underground as was the case for the proposed Newton station location. This open air location and the separated train junction will also lower operating costs.

Bus transfers[edit]

Mount Eden Station is serviced by routes 255, 258, 267, 274 and 277 as well as the Skybus service to Auckland Airport.[4][5][6]

Signal box[edit]

The Mt Eden Local Control Panel was installed in the station building in 1967 and removed from service in 1995 when the station building was removed. The panel has been preserved in working order.

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. ^ "City Rail Link design change". Auckland Transport. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Mount Eden Road bus map
  5. ^ Dominion Road bus map
  6. ^ Public transport - Auckland Airport