Tara Station in 2005
|Operated by||JR Kyushu|
|Line(s)||■ Nagasaki Main Line|
|Distance||67.7 km from Tosu|
|Platforms||1 side + 1 island platforms|
|Tracks||3 + 2 sidings|
|Structure type||At grade|
|Disabled access||No - access to island platform by footbridge|
|Status||Staffed ticket window (outsourced)|
|Opened||16 April 1934|
|Passengers (FY2016)||323 daily|
|Rank||300th (among JR Kyushu stations)|
The station is served by the Nagasaki Main Line and is located 67.7 km from the starting point of the line at Tosu. Besides the local services on the line, about two trains a day from the JR Kyushu Limited Express service Kamome between Hakata and Nagasaki also stop at the station.
The station consists of a side and an island platform serving three tracks. A siding branches off track 1 and another off track 3. The station building is a timber built structure of western design and houses a waiting room and a ticket window. Access to the island platform is by means of a footbridge.
Management of the station has been outsourced to the JR Kyushu Tetsudou Eigyou Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of JR Kyushu specialising in station services. It staffs the ticket window which is equipped with a POS machine but does not have a Midori no Madoguchi facility.
|Nagasaki Main Line|
|JR Kyushu Limited Express|
Japanese Government Railways (JGR) built the station in the 1930s during the development of an alternative route for the Nagasaki Main Line along the coast of the Ariake Sea which was at first known as the Ariake Line. The track was built from Hizen-Yamaguchi to Hizen-Ryūō, opening on 9 March 1930, and then to Hizen-Hama, opening on 30 November 1930. In the next phase of expansion, the track was extended to Tara which opened on 16 April 1934 as the new southern terminus. On 1 December 1934, the entire route was completed and through-traffic achieved from Hizen-Yamaguchi through the station to Nagasaki. The track was then redesignated as part of the Nagasaki Main Line. With the privatization of Japanese National Railways (JNR), the successor of JGR, on 1 April 1987, control of the station passed to JR Kyushu.
In fiscal 2016, the station was used by an average of 323 passengers daily (boarding passengers only), and it ranked 300th among the busiest stations of JR Kyushu.
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