Westall railway station

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Westall
WestallPlatform2.jpg
Northbound view from Platform 2 in June 2013
Location Rayhur Street, Clayton South
Coordinates 37°56′18″S 145°08′18″E / 37.9382°S 145.1383°E / -37.9382; 145.1383Coordinates: 37°56′18″S 145°08′18″E / 37.9382°S 145.1383°E / -37.9382; 145.1383
Owned by VicTrack
Operated by Metro
Line(s) Pakenham
Cranbourne
Distance 22.64 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms 3 (1 island, 1 side)
Tracks 3
Connections Bus
Construction
Structure type Ground
Parking 170
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Premium station
Station code WTL
Fare zone Myki zone 2
Website Public Transport Victoria
History
Opened 6 February 1951
Electrified Yes
Services
Preceding station   Metro Trains   Following station
Pakenham line
toward Pakenham
Cranbourne line
toward Cranbourne

Westall railway station is located on the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines in Victoria, Australia. It serves the south-eastern Melbourne suburb of Clayton South, opening on 6 February 1951.[1]

History[edit]

Westall station was opened as a workers only platform on 16 October 1954. It was provided for the adjacent Martin & King railway coachbuilding factory. The station was opened to the public on 1 June 1959 when all trains on the line began stopping there.[2]

The station had a stabling yard located at the southern end, as well as a number of industrial sidings serving nearby factories.[3] On 17 April 1998, the Westall train maintenance centre was officially opened in the former goods yard, as part of the decentralisation of train stabling and maintenance from the former Jolimont Yards.[4] The buildings were approximately 2,850 m² in size, and permit bogie repair and replacement, under carriage and overhead work. The facility cost $15 million, which also included the Bayswater facility.[5]

On 26 July 2006, a fire started in the waiting room of the station building on Platform 1, causing major damage to half of the station building, ticket machines,[6] seats and a section of the platform. The citybound platform was closed off and passenger services heading towards Melbourne ran express from Springvale to Clayton bypassed Westall until temporary fencing was placed around the building.[7] The damaged part of the building was subsequently demolished and rebuilt.

In May 2008, the Government of Victoria announced the Westall precinct would receive a $151 million upgrade which included a rebuilt station, a new third platform, a third 2.6 kilometre line between Centre Road and Springvale Road and additional storage space at Westall depot. Work commenced in January 2010.[8][9][10]

Facilities, platforms & services[edit]

Westall has one side platform (platform 1) and one island platform (platforms 2 & 3) linked by a footbridge. Access to the platforms are provided using stairs and lifts. The side platform features a customer service window, an enclosed waiting room and toilets, while the island platform features an enclosed waiting room. Westall is serviced by Metro Trains Pakenham and Cranbourne line services.[11][12]

Platform 1:

Platform 2:

Platform 3:

Transport links[edit]

Ventura Bus Lines operates one route via Westall station:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Westall Vicsig
  2. ^ SE Dornan & RG Henderson. Electric Railways of Victoria. Australian Electric Traction Society. ISBN 0-909459-06-1. 
  3. ^ Signalling diagram of Westall - 1975
  4. ^ "General News". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. June 1998. p. 169. 
  5. ^ architectus. "Public Transport Corporation Train Maintenance Facility". Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  6. ^ Unofficial Metcard site: Metcard Vending Machine 2 (MVM 2)
  7. ^ Victoria Police: Fire at Westall railway station
  8. ^ Westall Rail Upgrade Project Department of Transport
  9. ^ Westall Rail Upgrade Project map Department of Transport
  10. ^ Westall Rail Upgrade, Melbourne WT Partnership
  11. ^ Pakenham Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
  12. ^ Cranbourne Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
  13. ^ "Route 824 Moorabbin - Keysborough timetable". Public Transport Victoria. [dead link]

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