Raroa Railway Station

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Raroa
Metlink commuter rail
Raroa railway station 04.JPG
Location Fraser Avenue, Johnsonville, Wellington, New Zealand
Coordinates 41°13′56.34″S 174°48′6.27″E / 41.2323167°S 174.8017417°E / -41.2323167; 174.8017417
Owned by Greater Wellington Regional Council
Line(s) Johnsonville Branch
Platforms Single side
Tracks Main line (1)
Construction
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities No
Other information
Fare zone 3[1]
History
Opened 17 June 1940
Services
  ONTRACK  
Preceding station   Tranz Metro   Following station
Terminus
Johnsonville Line
toward Wellington
Former Raroa yard layout
to Johnsonville
stock pens
Fraser Avenue
to Wellington
From the station platform, looking south.

Raroa Railway Station is one of eight stations on the Johnsonville Branch, a commuter branch railway north of Wellington in New Zealand's North Island. It serves the suburbs of Raroa and Broadmeadows, and is one of four stations on the line to be located on a curve.

Electric multiple unit trains are operated under the Metlink brand through this station in both directions to Johnsonville (to the north) and Wellington (to the south).

History[edit]

Looking out over the area to the south of Raroa railway station where the stockyards and sidings used to be; with Malvina Major Retirement Village (on Burma Road), and Broadmeadows on the skyline.
Station car parking off Fraser Avenue.

Raroa came into existence subsequent to electrification to serve the needs of the expanding population north of Wellington and was opened on 17 June 1940.[2][3]

Raroa Station is notable as the terminus for the last freight traffic on the Johnsonville Branch. Because of transport licensing regulations under a 1931 Act of parliament that required rail to be used in preference to road to cart goods over certain distances if there was a rail option, livestock trains were run on the Johnsonville Branch to transport livestock to the railhead nearest the abattoirs in the Ngauranga Gorge. The terminus of this service used to be the stockyards at Johnsonville station, but public pressure in the 1950s resulted in the stockyards being relocated to Raroa and livestock transhipped there from 2 February 1958. From the stockyards, the livestock were transported by truck to the abattoir. Though the provision relating to the transport of livestock was repealed in 1962, the trains continued to run until about 1973.[4] The siding was not closed until 4 October 1976, and the track was lifted about 1982.

Services[edit]

Trains run in both directions through this station, departing at half-hourly intervals, supplemented by a 13/13/26 schedule at peak times on week days.

There are no bus connections with this station.

The train station is very close to Raroa Intermediate and Onslow College

Facilities[edit]

This station has a single side platform and passenger shelter. Access to the station is from Fraser Avenue, with pedestrian access from Haumia Street via a walkway, and from Burma Road (Onslow College and Raroa Intermediate School), Raroa Park and Tuapapa Street via a footbridge.

There are ten park and ride commuter car parks on Fraser Avenue, and with the loss of car parks at Johnsonville Railway Station during replacement of the Broderick Road overbridge in 2014-15, a further 35 car parks were provided across Fraser Avenue.[5]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Text description of fare zone boundaries". Retrieved 2 January 2008. 
  2. ^ Hoy, Douglas G. (1970). "Appendix A: Stations and Stopping Places". Rails Out Of The Capital. Wellington: The New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society. pp. 93–95. 
  3. ^ Evening Post 12 June 1940 page 6
  4. ^ Churchman, Geoffrey B. (1998) [1988]. "Electrified Operations". The Story of The Wellington to Johnsonville Railway (Second ed.). Wellington: IPL Books. ISBN 0-908876-05-X. ... This was a train bringing livestock for sale at the yards in Johnsonville, after which it was driven by road to the abattoirs in the Ngauranga Gorge. ... In the 1950s, local pressure saw the stock yards transferred to Raroa. The transportation of livestock on the line was due to transport licensing regulations which prevented the transport of goods by road for more than specified distances if rail transport between the localities existed. With the repeal of the particular provision relating to livestock in 1962, the way was open for the railing of livestock on the Johnsonville Line to be replaced by road. Stock trains in fact lingered on and ceased about 1973. 
  5. ^ Metlink, Reduced car parking at Johnsonville Station

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