Waikanae Railway Station

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Waikanae
Metlink suburban rail
Location Pehi Kupa Street, Waikanae, New Zealand
Coordinates 40°52′36″S 175°03′58″E / 40.87667°S 175.06611°E / -40.87667; 175.06611Coordinates: 40°52′36″S 175°03′58″E / 40.87667°S 175.06611°E / -40.87667; 175.06611
Owned by Tranz Metro
Line(s) North Island Main Trunk
Platforms Single
Tracks Mainline (1)
Construction
Parking Yes
Other information
Fare zone 10
History
Opened 2 August 1886
Electrified 20 February 2011
Services
  KiwiRail  
Preceding station   Tranz Metro   Following station
Terminus Kapiti Line
toward Wellington
Preceding station   Tranz Scenic   Following station
Capital Connection
toward Wellington

Waikanae Railway Station in Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast, New Zealand is the terminal station on the Kapiti Line for Metlink's electric multiple unit commuter trains from Wellington. The railway is part of the North Island Main Trunk line that connects Wellington and Auckland.

Services[edit]

The following Metlink bus routes serve Waikanae station:

  • 280: Waikanae Beach
  • 290: Otaki Beach
  • 285: Kapiti Commuter service to Wellington (commercially operated)

History[edit]

The station was opened in 1886, and was on the Wellington-Manawatu Line from Wellington to Longburn built by the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company (WMR). The section was opened on 3 November 1886 at Otaihanga.[1] The railway has been part of the North Island Main Trunk (connecting Wellington and Auckland) since 1908.

The Wellington suburban electrified commuter service was extended from Paraparaumu to Waikanae on 20 February 2011.[2] The new service was opened with ceremony on 19 February at Waikanae.[3] Minister of Transport Steven Joyce and Otaki MP Nathan Guy drove the last spike. Guy's great-grandfather was chairman of the WMR when the last spike was driven in 1886.[4] The ceremony was marked by protests against the proposed Kapiti Expressway, and Otaki-based list MP Darren Hughes was cheered for his opposition to the project in favour of rail investment.[4]

The Paraparaumu and Waikanae stations were upgraded at a cost of more than $1 million each in 2010-2011. Upgrading of the original Waikanae station, rather than moving it south of Elizabeth Street or providing a road underpass, was criticized locally on the grounds that frequent closing of the Elizabeth Street level crossing south of the station would increase traffic congestion in Waikanae.[5]

Today[edit]

The station is currently (in 2016) used by electric commuter trains and a diesel-hauled long distance commuter train, the Capital Connection, that runs between Wellington and Palmerston North. Freight trains also pass by the station. Local bus services originate and terminate at the station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hoy, D.G. Rails out of the Capital (NZRLS, 1970) pp. 40,120
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ See video of opening
  4. ^ a b Kay Blundell (21 February 2011). "Protesters in force as rail opens". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  5. ^ Kapiti Observer 7 December 2009 page 3

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