Orakei railway station

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Orakei
Auckland Transport Urban rail
Orakei Railway Station.jpg
The station in 2013, looking westwards.
LocationOrakei, Auckland
Coordinates36°51′45″S 174°48′34″E / 36.862426°S 174.809553°E / -36.862426; 174.809553
Owned byKiwiRail (track and platforms)
Auckland Transport (buildings)
Line(s)Eastern Line
PlatformsIsland platform
TracksMainline (2)
Construction
Platform levels1
ParkingYes
Bicycle facilitiesNo
History
Opened1930
Electrified25kV AC
Traffic
Passengers (2011)983[1] passengers/weekday
Services
Preceding station   Auckland Transport (Transdev)   Following station
Terminus
Eastern Line
toward Manukau

Orakei railway station in the Auckland suburb of Orakei is located on the North Island Main Trunk line in New Zealand. Eastern Line services of the Auckland railway network are the only services that regularly stop at the station. It has an island platform layout and can be reached by an overbridge from Orakei Road. It is backed by a car-park and a shopping complex.

History[edit]

The station was originally constructed, along with five others, in 1929 on the route of the Westfield Deviation, which was being built to divert the Auckland–Westfield section of the North Island Main Trunk line (NIMT) via a flatter, faster eastern route to link up with the original NIMT tracks at Westfield Junction.[2]

Overview[edit]

The Redwood development group is currently (2008) planning to substantially redevelop the area around the railway station. A plan with several skyscraper-style apartment buildings (and in turn providing substantial green space and waterfront access to the public) met with substantial local protest. A more scaled-back plan was then proposed which limits the buildings to six storeys and is currently being discussed. It would retain public access and amenities, and also provide a covered new train station.[3]

Services[edit]

Transdev Auckland, on behalf of Auckland Transport, operates suburban services between Britomart Transport Centre and Manukau station via this station. The basic weekday off-peak timetable is:[4]

  • 3 tph to Britomart
  • 3 tph to Manukau

Bus route 781 serves Orakei station.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Auckland Transport Board Meeting (20 November 2012) Agenda Item 10(i) "Rail Electrification Extension" Archived 14 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine p. 16
  2. ^ "Westfield Deviation – One track in use by May". The New Zealand Herald. 27 February 1929. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  3. ^ Borley, Craig (10 October 2008). "Developer scales down Orakei plan". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Eastern Line timetable" (PDF). Auckland Transport. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 January 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Central Auckland Network Map" (PDF). Auckland Transport. Retrieved 8 July 2018.