Waitakere Railway Station
|Formerly Auckland Transport urban rail|
The station and shelter
|Location||Waitakere Road, Waitakere, Auckland|
|Owned by||KiwiRail (track and platform)
Auckland Transport (buildings)
|Line(s)||North Auckland Line|
|Passengers (2009)||227 passengers/day|
Waitakere Railway Station was the terminus of the Western Line of the Auckland suburban network in New Zealand, on the North Auckland Line. From July 2015, urban train services between Swanson and Waitakere ceased, and were replaced by a bus shuttle service, making Swanson the new rail terminus.
It has a crossing loop, a turntable and a small station building, which is in a poor state of repair.
The station opened in 1881, an original station on this section of the North Auckland Line, as Waitakerei, and changed to the current spelling in 1909. In 1972 the station building was replaced, the old building being relocated to MOTAT for preservation.
This station was a suburban terminus from the 1930s, despite low patronage. In 1980, after the daily service between Auckland and Helensville was withdrawn, it became the terminus for passenger trains and in railway terms the northernmost passenger station on the national rail network (geographically the former Auckland Railway Station was further north).
Off-peak Mondays to Fridays every second Western Line train from Britomart continued beyond Swanson to Waitakere until July 2015, when these services ceased with the electrification of the Western Line to Swanson. A bus shuttle service operates between Waitakere and Swanson for this non-electrified section.
- "Rail service between Swanson and Waitakere to be scrapped". NewstalkZB. 1 June 2013.
- Railway Stations of Auckland's Western Line (2004) by Sean Millar