Takapu Road Railway Station

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Takapu Road
Metlink suburban rail
Takapu Road railway station 01.JPG
Location Boscobel Lane, Tawa, Wellington, New Zealand
Coordinates 41°11′6.94″S 174°49′41.63″E / 41.1852611°S 174.8282306°E / -41.1852611; 174.8282306
Owned by Tranz Metro
Line(s) North Island Main Trunk
Platforms Dual side
Tracks Mainline (2)
Construction
Parking Yes
History
Opened 19 June 1937
Electrified June 1940
Services
  ONTRACK  
Preceding station   Tranz Metro   Following station
toward Waikanae
Kapiti Line
Terminus

Takapu Road Railway Station is on the suburban rail network of Wellington, New Zealand, on the Kapiti section of the North Island Main Trunk Railway (NIMT). It is double tracked with side platforms. It serves the suburbs of Redwood and Grenada North, and the rural Takapu Valley.

Services[edit]

Takapu Road is served by Kapiti Line commuter trains operated by Tranz Metro under the Metlink brand every 30 minutes off-peak, and more frequently during peak periods. Some peak services to Waikanae run express between Porirua and Wellington and do not stop at Takapu Road.[1]

Services are operated by electric multiple units of the EM/ET class and FT/FP class (Matangi). Two diesel-hauled carriage trains, the Capital Connection and the Northern Explorer, both pass through the station but do not stop.

In October 2014 Metlink announced that a further 60 "Park and Ride" parking places would be available at the station during the week. [2]

History[edit]

Takapu Road is one of only two stations on the Kapiti Line not on track built by the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company (WMR); the other is Redwood immediately to the north. The WMR built the original route of the NIMT between Wellington and Longburn and it was purchased by the New Zealand Railways Department (NZR) in December 1908. The original route between Wellington and Porirua, via Johnsonville and now truncated to the Johnsonville Line, was bypassed in the 1930s by the Tawa Flat deviation. Takapu Road is on the northern section of this deviation. The deviation opened for freight traffic on 24 July 1935 but Takapu Road did not open until passenger services began on 19 June 1937. The line was electrified in June 1940.[3]

According to Hoy:[4]

Takapu Road station was built on private land. The station, and the fact that all but a few suburban trains would stop there, was part of the agreement of passing through. It is only in recent years that extra passengers have begun using the station as more homes are built in the district.

The original passenger shelters at Takapu station were replaced with new shelters in the year ending June 2015.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Metlink, Paraparaumu Line timetable, accessed 30 October 2007.
  2. ^ "More weekday parking". Metlink. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  3. ^ John Yonge (editor), New Zealand Railway and Tramway Atlas, fourth edition (Exeter: Quail Map Company, 1993), 16.
  4. ^ Hoy, D.G. Rails out of the Capital (NZRLS, 1970] p. 74
  5. ^ Wellington Metropolitan Rail, 2014/15 Annual Report, 30 June 2015, page 9.
  6. ^ new shelters at the Takapu Road train station, transpress nz World transport history, Sunday, August 23, 2015.

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