Pukekohe Railway Station

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Pukekohe
Auckland Transport Urban rail
Pukekohe Train Station.jpg
Looking south from Station Road.
Location 40 Station Road, Pukekohe, New Zealand
Coordinates 37°12.2′S 174°54.6′E / 37.2033°S 174.9100°E / -37.2033; 174.9100
Owned by KiwiRail Network and Auckland Transport
Line(s) Southern Line
Platforms Island platform
Tracks Mainline (2)
Construction
Platform levels 1
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities No
History
Opened 1875
Electrified No
Traffic
Passengers (2011) 1,052 passengers/weekday[1]
Services
  KiwiRail Network  
Preceding station   Auckland Transport (Transdev)   Following station
Terminus
Southern Line
(Pukekohe Shuttle)
Terminus

Pukekohe Railway Station is the southern terminus (but not for electric services) of the Southern Line of the Auckland railway network in Pukekohe. The station has an island platform between the main lines and an original wooden station building complete with signal panel.

History[edit]

Opened in 1875, the station was formally known as The Pukekohe Railway Station And Post And Telegraph Office.[2] The station is made of wood and iron, and contained a ladies' waiting room, public vestibule, railway and postal room, and porter's room. There was a large goods shed with a space of 1800 square feet. There were four sidings in connection with the station, and the staff consisted of the stationmaster, two cadets, a messenger, and a porter.

Services[edit]

Since 2000, the country town of Pukekohe has been the southern terminus for the Southern Line. However suburban trains start or terminate at the former terminus at Papakura (18.2 km north of Pukekohe) because network electrification does not extend beyond Papakura. An hourly diesel train shuttle service has operated between Pukekohe and Papakura since July 2015, when EMU electric services were inaugurated for Southern Line services.

ADL class DMUs are utilized for the shuttle. The trains are stabled at Pukekohe station and Westfield depot overnight. In December 2014, the SX train (minus locomotives) and an ADK set (both decommissioned from service following the introduction of EMUs on the Auckland network) were relocated to Pukekohe for storage pending disposal. The stored trains were later relocated to Waitakere and Helensville, and then back to Westfield.

In December 2014, service frequency of the shuttle service was increased to hourly on all days, including weekend services for the first time.

Bus routes 391, 392, 393, 394, 396, 398 and 399 serve Pukekohe Station[3]

Upgrade[edit]

In 2011, the Auckland Council agreed to fund an upgrade to the station, along with the construction of a Park and ride facility.[4] Auckland Transport has also added a proposal to extend railway electrification to Pukekohe to its 10-year plan.[5]

In 2014 Auckland Transport announced plans to upgrade Pukekohe station in two stages, with the first stage in 2015 to include a bus interchange and a Park and Ride. Electrification of the rail line between Papakura and Pukekohe is planned but pending commitment and funding from central government.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Auckland Transport Board Meeting (20 November 2012) Agenda Item 10(i) "Rail Electrification Extension" p. 16
  2. ^ "Cyclopedia of New Zealand - Pukekohe District". New Zealand Electronic Text Centre. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Southern Guide – from 30 October 2016" (PDF). Auckland Transport. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Park 'n' ride a priority". Auckland Council. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Mathew Dearnaley (22 May 2012). "Push for electric to Pukekohe". The New Zealand Herald.