Oak Flats railway station
|NSW TrainLink intercity train station
← Albion Park · Shellharbour Junction →
|Location||Stanford Drive, Oak Flats
New South Wales
|Operated by||NSW TrainLink|
|Distance||105.522 km from Central|
|Platforms||1 (200 metres)|
|Train operators||NSW TrainLink|
|Bus operators||Premier Illawarra|
|Rebuilt||21 February 2003|
|Electrified||17 November 2001|
|Rank||200th of 307|
Oak Flats is a single-platform intercity train station located in Oak Flats, New South Wales, Australia, on the South Coast railway line. The station serves NSW TrainLink trains travelling south to Kiama and north to Wollongong and Sydney. Premier Illawarra operates connecting bus services from the station to Albion Park, Shellharbour and Wollongong. Together with the Dunmore and later Shellharbour Junction stations, Oak Flats has long served as the rail connection for the coastal suburbs of the City of Shellharbour.
The railway reached the area in 1887, when the South Coast Line was extended from Wollongong to North Kiama. Initially stations were only provided at Dunmore and Albion Park – although Albion Park Station was known as Oak Flats until the following year.
Local politician and sometime Premier of New South Wales George Fuller was a prominent landholder in the district – his father had named Dunmore – and in 1921 he subdivided some of his land at Oak Flats, on the southern shore of Lake Illawarra. The development of a residential area over the next few years spurred the NSW Government Railways to build a station for the new subdivision; this opened in 1925. The original station featured a single wooden platform and small, skillion-roofed weatherboard waiting shed.
Concerns over accessibility and a constrained site led the State Rail Authority to relocate the station in 2003. The $6 million interchange, built by Bovis Lend Lease on a new site 400 metres east of the original, opened on 21 February. The building features a double pitched roof, a band of tangerine-coloured glazed bricks, recycled timber beams and distinctive Y-shaped steel columns. Opening the new facility, then Transport Minister Carl Scully described it as "one of the best railway stations in the state." A plan to name the new station "Shellharbour City (Oak Flats)" was abandoned following community opposition. The earlier station was subsequently demolished.
Immediately to the east of Oak Flats Station is the 40-metre-long Croom Tunnel, said to be the shortest railway tunnel in NSW.
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