Redfern railway station

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Redfern railway station.jpg
Northbound view from Platform 10 in October 2011
Location Lawson Street, Redfern
Coordinates 33°53′31″S 151°11′55″E / 33.89202°S 151.19873°E / -33.89202; 151.19873Coordinates: 33°53′31″S 151°11′55″E / 33.89202°S 151.19873°E / -33.89202; 151.19873
Owned by RailCorp
Operated by Sydney Trains
Line(s) Main Suburban
Distance 1.30 kilometres from Central
Platforms 12 (2 side, 5 island)
Tracks 12
Connections Bus
Structure type Ground: 10
Underground: 2
Disabled access Yes, platform 6-7 only
Other information
Status Staffed
Station code REF
Website Sydney Trains
Opened 1878
Electrified Yes
Previous names Eveleigh
Preceding station   Sydney Trains   Following station
towards Epping or Emu Plains or Richmond
North Shore, Northern & Western Line
towards Hornsby or Berowra
Inner West & South Line
towards Circular Quay
towards Macarthur
Airport Line
(Peak hour only)
towards Circular Quay
towards Lidcombe or Liverpool
Bankstown Line
towards City Circle
towards Waterfall or Cronulla
Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line
towards Olympic Park
Olympic Park Line
(occasional services only)
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
South Coast Line
(peak hours on weekdays and on weekends and public holidays)
towards Bathurst
Blue Mountains Line
(occasional services only)
towards Newcastle
Central Coast & Newcastle Line
(occasional services only)

Redfern railway station is located on the Illawarra line, serving the Sydney suburb of Redfern. It is served by all Sydney Trains lines except the airport branch of the Airport, Inner West & South Line and the Cumberland Line. Some NSW TrainLink Intercity services also call at the station.


Lawson Street entrance
Gibbons Street entrance
Incomplete platforms
Underground platforms serve the Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line

In the early history of the New South Wales Railways, Redfern Station was the frequently used but unofficial name of the principal Sydney terminus, a fact which has led to persistent confusion. That station, the first Sydney Terminal, was north of Cleveland Street, which is Redfern's northern boundary, and south of Devonshire Street. It opened on 26 September 1855 in an area known as Cleveland Fields which is now the railway corridor called Sydney Yard. This original 'Redfern' station comprised one wooden platform in a corrugated iron shed. As traffic increased the original station was replaced in 1874 by a brick building containing two platforms. This second station, the second Sydney Terminal which grew to 14 platforms, was designed for through traffic if the lines were extended in the city direction. This second station was found to be too far from the city centre, so a new station (the present Sydney Central station) was built to the north of Devonshire Street and opened on 4 August 1906 [Sydney Morning Herald 6 August 1906, p6]. The 1874 station was soon demolished.[1]

A station was opened in 1876 1.3 kilometres west of the original Redfern and called Eveleigh. In 1885 Eveleigh's platforms were reconstructed at the present Redfern site, and on 21 October 1906 this station was renamed Redfern.[2]

On 1 August 1926, a further two platforms opened on the southern side (9 and 10) as part of the electrification of the Illawarra line.[3]

Platforms 11 and 12, as well as the area containing the unfinished platforms (see below), were constructed in the late 1970s as part of the Eastern Suburbs Railway construction, which opened in 1979.[1]

Until 1994, Redfern had an overhead footbridge at the Eveleigh end of the platforms, connecting platforms 1-10 by stairs. This was demolished because the funds for its maintenance were not available.[1]

A single track underground tunnel was built for steam locomotives from Central station to access Eveleigh Railway Workshops. Known as the Engine Dive, it dives to the north of Platform 1 surfacing at the southern end of Platform 10. A number of chimneys still exist, especially on Platform 1.[1]

The present Redfern station was damaged by fire in the 2004 Redfern riots. The ticketing area and station master's office were significantly damaged - and the windows in the front of the station were bricked up for almost a year afterwards to prevent further attacks. They have since been replaced with glass windows.[1]

Station configuration[edit]

Redfern has 12 platforms, 10 above ground (linked by stairs to the concourse at Lawson Street), and 2 underground (linked by stairs and escalators to the concourse at Gibbons Street). The two concourses are linked. Station offices and facilities such as toilets and the main indicator boards are located next to the Lawson Street entry.

As part of the construction of the Eastern Suburbs Railway (now platforms 11 and 12), it was proposed to build up to four platforms for the underground route. Two of these platforms were built and now are platforms 11 and 12, however, the two platforms above were half constructed above platforms 11 and 12. These are visible through a small gap in the wall opposite Platform 11, as well as by a boarded up entry portal under the Lawson Street Bridge (which was to be the down track), and a now filled-in dive tunnel under the Wells Street Sectioning Hut on the Central side of Lawson Street. The area in which the platforms were to be situated is visible from the station concourse at the entrance to Platform 10.

Platforms & services[edit]

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
one morning peak service to Central [4]
morning peak services to Central [5]
morning peak services to Central [6]
services to Central [7]
special event services to Central [8]
2 evening peak services to Gosford, Wyong & Hamilton via Strathfield [5]
evening peak services to Springwood, Katoomba, Mount Victoria & Lithgow [6]
services to Kiama [7]
special event services to Olympic Park [8]
services to Berowra via Gordon
services to Hornsby via Macquarie Park & Epping
evening peak services to Gosford & Wyong via Gordon [5]
services to Epping, Richmond & Emu Plains
late night weekend services to Hornsby via Strathfield
one weekday service to Springwood [6]
services to Central & the City Circle [12]
services to Homebush, Leppington and Campbelltown via Granville [12]
morning peak services to Central & the City Circle [12]
services to Central & the City Circle [13]
evening peak services to Macarthur via Sydenham & East Hills [12]
services to Lidcombe & Liverpool via Bankstown [13]
9 limited services to Central & the City Circle commencing from Redfern [12][13]
10 terminating services from Central [12][13]
services to Bondi Junction [14]
services to Bondi Junction [7]
services to Cronulla, Waterfall & Helensburgh [14]
services to Wollongong, Port Kembla, Dapto & Kiama [7]
13 / 14 incomplete platforms situated west of Platforms 11 & 12 and behind Platform 10

Accessibility and exits[edit]

The station has three main exits - the main entrance and exit on Lawson Street next to the ticketing area (Exit A on the diagram below), a second entrance on Gibbons Street (especially for passengers using platforms 11 and 12) (Exit B on the diagram below), and a third exit to the Australian Technology Park, which is accessed by walking along platform 10 (Exit C on the diagram).


Since 2013 there have been a number of announcements concerning major upgrades for Redfern Station including the building of a lift to platforms 6 and 7.[15][16][17] In December 2014 Transport for NSW invited customers to provide feedback on plans for the new lift at Redfern station.[18] Work on the upgrade commenced on 13 April 2015.[19]

Station map[edit]

Station layout


Station Concourse
Offices/Other Facilities
Ticket Barriers

Transport links[edit]

Redfern does not have a connecting bus interchange. However, a stop close to the Gibbons Street entrance (near platforms 11 & 12) serves the following Sydney Buses routes:

Redfern station is served by one NightRide route:

There are stops further afield in Lawson Square, Botany Road and Redfern Street servicing bus routes to the City, Railway Square, Matraville, Pagewood and Marrickville.


  1. ^ a b c d e Redfern Railway Station Group NSW Environment & Heritage
  2. ^ Redfern Station
  3. ^ "60 Years Ago" Railway Digest August 1986 page 260
  4. ^ "T6: Carlingford line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended January 2015]. 
  5. ^ a b c "Central Coast & Newcastle line timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 5 January 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "Blue Mountains line timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 20 October 2013 [amended January 2015]. 
  7. ^ a b c d "South Coast line timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 20 October 2013 [amended February 2015]. 
  8. ^ a b "T7: Olympic Park line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended January 2015]. 
  9. ^ "T1: North Shore & Northern line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended February 2015]. 
  10. ^ "T1: Western line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended January 2015]. 
  11. ^ "T1: Northern line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended February 2015]. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f "T2: Inner West & South line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 13 December 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d "T3: Bankstown line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended January 2015]. 
  14. ^ a b "T4: Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra line timetable" (PDF). Sydney Trains. 20 October 2013 [amended January 2015]. 
  15. ^ Accessibility upgrade for Redfern Station Transport for NSW 15 August 2013
  16. ^ Lift to be built for Redfern Station customers Transport for NSW 30 January 2014
  17. ^ New lift at Redfern progresses as geotech works begin Transport for NSW 10 October 2014
  18. ^ Have your say on plans for improvements to Redfern Station Transport for NSW 17 December 2014
  19. ^ Customers one step closer to access improvements at Redfern Station Transport for NSW 10 April 2015
  20. ^ "Route 305 timetable" (PDF). Sydney Buses. 18 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "Route 308 timetable" (PDF). Sydney Buses. 20 October 2013. 
  22. ^ a b c d e "Routes 309, L09, X09, 310 and X10 timetable" (PDF). Sydney Buses. 18 March 2012. 
  23. ^ NightRide bus services Transport Info NSW

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