Mount Eden railway station

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Mt Eden
Auckland Transport urban rail
Mt Eden Railway Station.jpg
The view of Mt Eden station from the western end of its platform.
LocationMount Eden, Auckland
Coordinates36°52′05″S 174°45′33″E / 36.868056°S 174.759291°E / -36.868056; 174.759291
Owned byKiwiRail (track and platforms)
Auckland Transport (buildings)
Line(s)Western Line
PlatformsIsland platform
TracksMainline (2)
Construction
Platform levels1
ParkingNo
Bicycle facilitiesNo
Other information
Station codeMTE
WebsiteAuckland Transport
History
Opened1880
Electrified25kV AC[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2014)1,018 passengers/day Increase 9.7%
Services
Preceding station   Auckland Transport (Transdev)   Following station
toward Britomart
Western Line
toward Swanson

Mount Eden railway station is a Western Line station of the Auckland railway network in the Auckland suburb of Mount Eden in New Zealand. It has an island platform, and is reached via a footbridge from Mount Eden Rd or from the level crossing between Ngahura Street and Fenton Street.

History[edit]

  • 1880: Opened as one of the original stations on the North Auckland Line.[2]
  • 1912: The present island platform and a new station building were constructed.[2]
  • 1914: A signal box was established.[2]
  • 1964: Lost much school traffic when some trains began to stop at St Peter's College (at the now closed Boston Road station and its replacement, the nearby Grafton station).
  • 1967: Following the introduction of centralised traffic control, the signal box was removed.[2]
  • Mid-1990s: The old station building was sold and removed, and is now located further up the track, past Morningside station, and is in use as a private home.[2]
  • 2004: An upgraded station was opened.

City Rail Link[edit]

Auckland Transport (AT) changed their City Rail Link plans by removing the proposed Newton Station and adding another platform at Mt Eden with a trench styled layout similar to New Lynn railway station; the benefit, according to the Mayor of Auckland Len Brown, was a saving of NZD$150 million.[3]

AT chairman Lester Levy said that there had been concerted effort to optimise the design and drive value for money. "The change that has resulted from this focus will reduce cost by removing the very deep Newton station, which will also reduce construction disruption in upper Symonds St by 12 to 18 months. The improved design will connect passengers at Mt Eden Station to the CRL which previously bypassed them and improve operation reliability through the provision of a separated east-west junction so train lines won’t need to cross over each other."

Dr Levy said the changes also will result in an improved customer experience with the CRL platform at Mt Eden to be built in a trench similar to the New Lynn station, and be open to the sky, rather than deep underground as was the case for the proposed Newton station location; this open air location and the separated train junction will also lower operating costs.

To allow the CRL to connect to the west toward Swanson and to the east toward Newmarket, Mount Eden station will be closed and completely rebuilt; the Western Line will be realigned between Dominion Road and Mount Eden Prison, with consequent changes to overhead line and signalling systems.[4]

Bus transfers[edit]

Mount Eden Station is serviced by routes 25B, 25L, 27H and 27W, and the SkyBus services between central Auckland and Auckland Airport.[5][6][7]

Signal box[edit]

The Mt Eden Local Control Panel was installed in the station building in 1967 and removed from service in 1995 when the station building was removed; the panel has been preserved in working order.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Auckland Electrifcation Map" (PDF). KiwiRail. September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e Railway Stations of Auckland's Western Line (2004) by Sean Millar
  3. ^ "City Rail Link design change". Auckland Transport. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Rise of the machines on city's latest underground contract - the City Rail Link". NZ Herald. 4 June 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  5. ^ Mount Eden Road bus map
  6. ^ Dominion Road bus map
  7. ^ Public transport - Auckland Airport