Kingsland railway station, Auckland

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Kingsland
Auckland Transport urban rail
Kingsland Train Station, 2014.jpg
Kingsland station in 2014
Coordinates36°52′21″S 174°44′41″E / 36.872523°S 174.744641°E / -36.872523; 174.744641
Owned byKiwiRail (track and platforms)
Auckland Transport (buildings)
Line(s)Western Line
PlatformsSide platforms
TracksMain line (2)
Construction
Platform levels1
ParkingNo
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Other information
Station codeKGL
History
Opened29 March 1880
Rebuilt2004
Electrified25kV AC[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2009)1,085 passengers/day
Services
Preceding station   Auckland Transport (Transdev)   Following station
toward Britomart
Western Line
toward Swanson

Kingsland railway station is a station on the Western Line of the Auckland railway network in New Zealand. The station sits parallel to the Kingsland township, and is located 400m from Eden Park, the major rugby and cricket stadium in Auckland, and the home ground of New Zealand's national rugby team, the All Blacks.

The station's proximity to Eden Park means that it often functions as a terminus for stadium-goers, with dedicated services utilising both tracks to shuttle people into and out of Kingsland. Signalling was upgraded in 2011 to assist with this.[2]

Kingsland Station used to consist of a single platform, and was situated further east of its present location, but in 2004 it was relocated as part of the Auckland rail network's double-tracking project;[3] the old station's platform was demolished, but its shelter was retained and is now used by the Glenbrook Vintage Railway.

The station now utilises a side platform configuration for each direction of travel and is accessible from New North Road and Sandringham Road. An overbridge enables transfer between platforms, and a subway links the northbound platform to the Eden Park end of Sandringham Road.

The platforms from the footbridge looking east in 2008.

History[edit]

  • 1880: Opened on 29 March, with the North Auckland Line.[4][5]
  • 1993: Platform upgraded to meet the requirements of ex-Perth diesel multiple units.[5]
  • 2003: Old station removed.
  • 2004: Rebuilt with two platforms as part of the Western Line double-tracking project, for $4 million.[6]
  • 2009-2010: Platforms lengthened to 115 m for six-car trains, and new stairs and an underpass from Sandringham Road to the northbound platform constructed, for $6 million. Signalling was upgraded to allow trains to leave from both platforms in the same direction to meet the needs of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, where it was expected that 15,000 fans would use the station in 70 minutes. Groups of 1,000 fans at a time were to board trains, departing every five minutes.
  • 2011, June–August: shelters upgraded for the Rugby World Cup, made from the same materials as when building The Cloud on Auckland's waterfront.[6][7][8]

Bus transfers[edit]

Bus routes 20, 22N, 22R, 24B, 24R and 209 pass near to Kingsland station on either New North Road or Sandringham Road.[9]

In media[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Auckland Electrifcation Map" (PDF). KiwiRail. September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  2. ^ Dearnaley, Mathew (8 February 2011). "Rugby fans to test Cup rail changes". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Western Line Duplication (Auckland)". KiwiRail.co.nz. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  4. ^ Scoble, Juliet (2012). Names & Opening & Closing Dates of Railway Stations in New Zealand, 1863 to 2012. Wellington. p. 56.
  5. ^ a b Railway Stations of Auckland's Western Line (2004) by Sean Millar
  6. ^ a b Dearnaley, Mathew (6 July 2010). "All Blacks turn out to test $6m train station do-up". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Page A2". Sunday Star-Times. 10 January 2010.
  8. ^ "Moving people in new directions". LGs. New Zealand Local Government. March 2011. p. 9.
  9. ^ "Central Auckland Network Map" (PDF). Auckland Transport. Retrieved 8 July 2018.