Papakura railway station

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Auckland Transport Urban rail
Papakura Railway Station - 2013.jpg
Overview of the station before electrification.
LocationRailway Street West, Papakura, Auckland
Coordinates37°12.2′S 174°54.6′E / 37.2033°S 174.9100°E / -37.2033; 174.9100
Owned byKiwiRail (track and platforms)
Auckland Transport (buildings)
Line(s)Southern Line
Northern Explorer
PlatformsIsland platform (P1 & P2), side platform (P3), bay platform (P4)
TracksMain line (3)
Passing loop (1)
Backshunt (1, south-east)
Bay platform (1)
Platform levels1
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Other information
WebsiteAuckland Transport
Opened20 May 1875
Rebuilt2007, 2012–2013
Electrified25kV AC[1]
Passengers (2011)3,854 passengers/weekday[2]
Preceding station   Auckland Transport (Transdev)   Following station
toward Britomart
Southern LineTerminus
TerminusSouthern Line
(Pukekohe Shuttle)
Preceding station   KiwiRail Scenic   Following station
Northern Explorer
toward Wellington
Papakura station layout
to Takanini
Clevedon Road
storage roads
Onslow Road
Settlement Road
storage road backshunt
to Pukekohe

Papakura railway station is on the Southern Line of the Auckland railway network in New Zealand.

Station design[edit]

An ADK unit operated by Veolia for MAXX at Papakura


The station was opened on 20 May 1875, although some services were available from October 1874. Goods services were closed on 3 November 1986.[3]

Prior to October 2012, the station had an island platform between the main lines, complete with original wooden station building and signal panel, and a suburban side platform to the west. It had a bowstring footbridge connecting the platforms, which dated from at least the 1930s, constructed of old railway iron and sleepers.[4]


In 2007, the island platform was extended to the north, and new shelters were installed. Sidings were commissioned at the east of the station yard for stabling trains overnight. The heritage footbridge was demolished and scrapped, despite some local opposition,[4] and replaced with a concrete bridge with two passenger lifts.

The upgrade cost NZ$4,900,000 and was paid for as part of the Auckland Regional Transport Authority's (ARTA) system-wide upgrade of stations. Platforms were lengthened to enable six-car trains, because of anticipated growth in passenger numbers. 3,000 people passed through each day as of 2007, and another thousand were anticipated to use the station within five years. The new station was the seventh station to be redeveloped by ARTA in 2007.

In 2012 - 13, KiwiRail funded a significant upgrade as part of the Auckland Electrification Project, and to provide resiliency for suburban trains and freight trains heading south. The signalling was completely replaced; the signal panel had been commissioned over 80 years ago. The heritage station building was relocated to the western suburban platform, Platform 3, on 11 August 2012. The building was refurbished and restored, and contains the preserved signal panel on display, a ticket office, public toilets and space for a coffee kiosk.

The station in 2009, before its 2012 upgrade

The North Island Main Trunk has been slewed to the east, with the island Platforms 1 and 2 adjacent to the Up main line to Auckland, typically serving suburban trains from Britomart to Pukekohe. The western suburban Platform 3 has been lengthened, and a new bay platform 4 at its southern extremity will serve DMU shuttles to Pukekohe.

Bus stops are directly outside the ticket office, with the old bus stops on the station side of Railway Street West now only used for intercity services, and "rail buses" that operate when the railway network is shut down.



The station is the terminus for suburban passenger trains on the Southern Line, which was electrified in 2015. An hourly diesel train shuttle service runs between Papakura and Pukekohe on non-electrified track using DMUs.[5]

The station also serves the Auckland-Wellington Northern Explorer service.[6]

In May 2012, Auckland Transport's board included an investigation to extend electrified services to Pukekohe in its 10-year integrated transport plan.[7]


Papakura is served by bus routes 33, 365, 371, 372, 373, 376, 377, 378 and 395.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Auckland Electrifcation Map" (PDF). KiwiRail. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  2. ^ Auckland Transport Board Meeting (20 November 2012) Agenda Item 10(i) "Rail Electrification Extension" Archived 14 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine p. 16
  3. ^ Scoble, Juliet (2012). Names & Opening & Closing Dates of Railway Stations in New Zealand, 1863 to 2012. Wellington. p. 97.
  4. ^ a b "Piece of history reduced to scrap metal". Fairfax NZ News. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Auckland's trains going all-electric". Auckland Transport. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  6. ^ KiwiRail Scenic Journeys: Northern Explorer
  7. ^ Dearnaley, Mathew (22 May 2012). "Push for electric to Pukekohe". NZ Herald. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Southern Guide – from July 2018" (PDF). Auckland Transport. July 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.