Parnell railway station
Parnell railway station is a station serving the inner-city suburb of Parnell in Auckland, New Zealand. It is situated on the Newmarket Line 600m north of Parnell Tunnel, is located in the Waipapa Valley adjacent to Auckland Domain, it serves Southern Western Line trains. Onehunga Line trains pass through the station without stopping; the station opened on 12 March 2017 with basic facilities and serving a limited number of lines. Future development will involve building a pedestrian bridge across the tracks to provide step-free access to the platforms, constructing several new paths to provide more direct access to Auckland Domain, Parnell Town Centre and the University of Auckland, it was intended that the station would serve all three lines which pass through it. This was contingent on the removal of the Sarawia Street level crossing in Newmarket, removing the signalling constraints which affected the line. A bridge built to replace the level crossing, linking Laxon Terrace with nearby Cowie Street, allowed the removal of the crossing.
After a plan to lease part of the area as a bus depot was cancelled, KiwiRail and Auckland Council were asked in 2010 by the outgoing Auckland Regional Council to make an early start on construction of the proposed station, to cost $13 million or more, to ensure that there would not need to be costly extra work after the electrification of the line as part of the Auckland railway electrification. It was proposed that several million dollars saved during the upgrade of the Newmarket station be allocated to this new station. An early proposal was to integrate the new station with some of the historic railway workshop sheds of the adjacent Mainline Steam depot but nothing eventuated; the Mainline Steam Heritage Trust had its lease on the depot terminated by KiwiRail and completed its move from the site in June 2015. The sheds were demolished in September 2015; the heritage station building from the Newmarket station is a feature of the station. Relocation of the building was planned for December 2016 and external refurbishment works were expected to be finished by April 2017.
In late 2015, Auckland Transport advised that opening the Parnell station to passenger services was being postponed until the completion of a road bridge at Cowie Street, replacing the nearby level crossing on Sarawia Street. AT received approval from independent planning commissioners in June 2016; the following November, the commissioners' recommendation for the bridge was appealed. If AT had been unable to address the concerns expressed in the appeal, an Environment Court hearing would have decided whether the appeal would be upheld. Trains began operating at the station on 12 March 2017, with an official opening by Mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff, Waitematā Local Board chair Pippa Coom on 13 March 2017. In July–August 2018, the Cowie Street bridge to Laxon Terrace was completed and opened and the Sarawia Street level crossing was closed to road traffic; as a result, a new timetable introduced on 26 August 2018 allowed Parnell to become a stop on all Southern Line and Western Line services. The station is located next to the Auckland Domain, where the Auckland War Memorial Museum is situated.
The two side platforms are linked by a subway. Future work will provide walking links to the Domain and the campuses of the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology. In mid-November 2018, a walkway was established connecting the Parnell Station to the University of Auckland's Carlaw Park Student Village and the Carlaw business centre, near the University of Auckland's City Campus on Symond Street. List of Auckland railway stations
Sunnyvale railway station
Sunnyvale railway station is located on the Western Line of the Auckland railway network. The station was opened on 28 February 1924. In 2006/2007, the station was closed over summer to be upgraded, lengthened for 6-car trains. Sunnyvale railway station was seen during the fourth episode of Outrageous Fortune's fifth season. List of Auckland railway stations
Kingsland railway station, Auckland
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, is located 400m from Eden Park, the major rugby and cricket stadium in Auckland, the home ground of New Zealand's national rugby team, the All Blacks; the station's proximity to Eden Park means that it 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. Kingsland Station used to consist of a single platform, 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; 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, a subway links the northbound platform to the Eden Park end of Sandringham Road. 1880: Opened on 29 March, with the North Auckland Line. 1993: Platform upgraded to meet the requirements of ex-Perth diesel multiple units. 2003: Old station removed. 2004: Rebuilt with two platforms as part of the Western Line double-tracking project, for $4 million. 2009-2010: Platforms lengthened to 115 m for six-car trains, 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 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. Bus routes 20, 22N, 22R, 24B, 24R and 209 pass near to Kingsland station on either New North Road or Sandringham Road.
In the film Mr. Pip, Kingsland railway station appears as Gravesend station in England. List of Auckland railway stations Public transport in Auckland
Grafton railway station, Auckland
Grafton Railway Station is a station serving the inner-city suburb of Grafton in Auckland, New Zealand. It is located on the Western Line of Auckland's passenger rail network and consists of an island platform located in a trench near the intersection of Khyber Pass Road and Park Road; the station opened on 11 April 2010. The station serves as a direct interchange with a large number of bus routes, including the InnerLink and buses travelling along the Central Connector, is located in close proximity to Auckland Hospital, Auckland Domain and the University of Auckland's Grafton and Newmarket campuses; the station has four entrances, as its platform extends under both Khyber Pass Road and Park Road, with stairs connecting the station to both sides of each road. Both of the Park Road stairs connect directly to bus stops. There is a lift on the western side of Park Road; the entrance on the southern side of Khyber Pass Road is adjacent to St Peter's College and students have direct access to the platform without having to cross any roads.
Up to a third of the school's students use Grafton station in the mornings and afternoons on school days. Transdev Auckland, on behalf of Auckland Transport, operates Western Line services to Britomart and Swanson; the off-peak weekday frequencies are: 3 trains per hour to Britomart 3 tph to SwansonBus routes 30, 70, 75, 295, 309, 321 and the Inner Link serve Grafton station. When the City Rail Link opens in 2023, rail services at Grafton Station will change significantly; the Western Line will no longer serve the station, as it will be rerouted through the new tunnels between Mount Eden and Britomart. Instead, the Southern Line will be rerouted through Grafton on its way between Newmarket and the City Centre, a new Crosstown Line will serve the station as part of its route between Henderson and Otahuhu. Grafton Station replaced Boston Road station, is located 300m north-east of the site of the former station; the station was re-sited at a cost of $3 million to make it closer to major destinations such as the hospital and to allow more direct interchange to bus routes than the previous site.
The line through the station was electrified in 2014, AM class EMUs replaced diesel powered trains on the Western Line in 2015. List of Auckland railway stations Public transport in Auckland
Transdev Auckland Veolia Transport Auckland, Ltd. and before that Connex Auckland, Ltd. is a Transdev Australasia company. It runs Auckland's urban passenger trains under contract from Auckland Transport on infrastructure owned and managed by KiwiRail. Auckland Transport receives funding to subsidise these services from the NZ Transport Agency, which receives funding from road user taxes and Crown appropriations, from the Auckland Council through rates. Since July 2016 Wellington's commuter rail services are operated by Transdev, as Transdev Wellington; the previous operator of the train network in Auckland was Tranz Metro. When the Auckland Regional Council called for tenders for the new contract, Tranz Metro did not tender and Connex won the tender. Since 2004 patronage has increased by 30% annually and on-time performance has increased from 50% to 85%. On 8 December 2017 Transdev Auckland were unable to run any train services in Auckland for 24 hours due to industrial strike action by members of the RMTU who were protesting the decision of Transdev Auckland's proposed introduction of DDO.
Transdev operates services on the following lines from Britomart: Eastern Line services run along the North Island Main Trunk via Glen Innes to Puhinui diverge onto the Manukau Branch to the Manukau terminus. Southern Line services run out of the Britomart tunnel on the NIMT the Newmarket Line to Newmarket the North Auckland Line to Westfield Junction, the NIMT to Papakura, with a diesel train shuttle service between Papakura and Pukekohe. Western Line services run out of the Britomart tunnel on the NIMT the Newmarket Line to Newmarket the North Auckland Line via Henderson to Swanson. Onehunga Line services run out of the Britomart tunnel on the NIMT the Newmarket Line to Newmarket the North Auckland Line to Penrose where they diverge onto the Onehunga Branch to the terminus at Onehunga. Transdev operates the following rolling stock: 57 AM three-car EMUs running on all lines since full electrification in July 2015 10 ADL/ADC two-car DMUs owned by Auckland TransportThe AM class wear the Auckland Transport livery, the ADL class wear the MAXX livery.
Transdev operated the following rolling stock until full electrification in July 2015: 20 DC locomotives owned by KiwiRail, operating in push-pull mode with 20 sets of three or four SA cars and an SD driving car with driving cab and remote controls, owned by Auckland Transport. The carriages are stored at Taumarunui and the locomotives have returned to KiwiRail. 4 DFT/DFB locomotives owned by KiwiRail, operating in push-pull mode with six-car sets, now back with KiwiRail 9 ADK/ADB two-car DMUs, in storageAll diesel rolling stock and locomotive-hauled carriage stock is in MAXX Blue livery, except four locomotives which were in KiwiRail livery. Transdev Wellington List of Auckland railway stations List of rapid transit systems Public transport in Auckland Rail transport in New Zealand Official website
Mount Albert railway station
Mount Albert railway station is in the suburb of Mount Albert on the Western Line of the Auckland railway network in New Zealand, near Unitec, a local tertiary education provider, is popular with Unitec students. It has an island platform and is reached by a footbridge from Carrington Road at the northern end, an overbridge from New North Road on the eastern side, a subway that runs between Willcott Street and New North Road at the southern end. 1880: Opened as one of the original stations on the North Auckland Line. 1908: A signal box was added. 1909: A new station building was built, after the previous one was destroyed by fire. 1920s: A siding to Mount Albert Quarry from the station is closed. 1966: The line was double-tracked and much of the station's infrastructure was removed. The signal box is preserved at MOTAT. 2010: Significant discussion, including during the run-up to the local body elections, considered the station as dilapidated and in need of renewal. Criticised were the run-down shop rear areas fronting the railway station from the New North Road side.
A former Auckland City councilor suggested that a green wall would offer an option to hide these unsightly areas behind low-cost, low-maintenance planting.2013: The station was upgraded as part of a 2-stage Auckland Transport program in anticipation of the Auckland railway electrification project. The $9 million upgrade, which included an overhead covered walkway from Carrington Road, new passenger shelters, other enhancements, was ceremonially opened in July 2013; the second stage, to include a $1.23 million overbridge walkway to New North Road, was scheduled to be completed by August 2016. 2016: The overbridge, connecting the station directly to the pedestrian precinct of the Mount Albert shopping area, was opened on 17 September 2016. A number of bus services pass this station, allowing easy transfer, although there are no signs or information provided at the station; these include the Outer Link. List of Auckland railway stations Public transport in Auckland
Newmarket railway station, Auckland
Newmarket railway station is a station in the inner-city suburb of Newmarket in Auckland, New Zealand. It serves the Southern and Western Lines of the Auckland railway network, is the second-busiest station in Auckland, after Britomart; the station opened in 1873. It was rebuilt between 2008 and 2010 and now consists of two island platforms serving three tracks with a concourse above the southern end of the station; the redeveloped station opened on 14 January 2010. The station was opened in 1873 and in its historical configuration it consisted of a single island, accessed by a ramp from Remuera Road and by a pedestrian overbridge which led to Broadway and Joseph Banks Terrace; the original station building was one of four island platform station buildings in Auckland designed and built by George Troup, Chief Engineer for the New Zealand Railways Department. It was built at the time of the installation of double track; the signal box at the northern end of the platform was built at the same time and was one of the few of that era on its original site and still in operation in the late 20th century, being the last full-sized lever frame box on the national network.
Newmarket was the site of Newmarket Workshops, which opened in 1878, closed in 1927, when Otahuhu Workshops opened. The historical configuration of the station, near Newmarket Junction, forced some unusual movements. Trains from the city had to run past the junction to call at the station. There were two platforms in an island configuration, all city-bound trains stopped at one platform, outbound trains stopping at the other; this was confusing as the outward-bound platform served both the Western Lines. This problem was solved by'splitting' the platform into two: Southern Line trains stopped at the southern end of the platform, Western Line at the northern end; however the platform was short. The above practice became less prevalent following the higher frequency of the July 2007 timetable. From trains used whichever platform was free, could arrive without any indication of destination. Off-peak operations followed the traditional practice, but during the peak this was not practical; this led to passengers' confusion as to.
During peak times Veolia staff were present with megaphones to inform passengers of train destinations. The signal box was attended 24 hours per day and had control of all trains within the station and Junction. BackshuntFor many years outbound Western Line trains reversed into a special siding, which allowed them to enter the Western Line. In July 2007 this reversing procedure ceased to be necessary, with the start of rebuilding as part of Project DART. Historic station buildingThe fate of the and architecturally significant old station building was controversial, with various proposals being put forward to demolish, refurbish, or relocate the building. Following the announcement on 14 March 2007 of the budget for the station's upgrade, Minister of Finance Michael Cullen announced that $5 million would be put towards moving the building to a proposed new station at Parnell where it would serve as a station for the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the Auckland Domain; the signal box was closed in early 2008, it and the station building were removed from the site on 3 March 2008 to an undisclosed storage location, as ONTRACK feared they would be vandalised.
The station building was moved to Parnell station in time for the start of services on 12 March 2017 and the official opening of the station on 13 March 2017. Newmarket station was rebuilt for NZ$35 million between January 2008 and January 2010 as part of ONTRACK's Project DART, it was necessary to close the station for the rebuild and two temporary stations were built: Newmarket South 200m south on the Southern Line, Newmarket West on the Western Line. Both stations were demolished later; as well as modernising the facilities and appearance, the redevelopment improved connections between the station and the surrounding commercial and residential areas. The station now has a concourse level above the platforms, entrances from a new square off Broadway, a 65m long covered bridge off Remuera Road, a pedestrian bridge from Joseph Banks Terrace, from the Remuera side; the station retains the option of extending the concourse, with pedestrian entry off Broadway further north possible in the future.
The current entrance off Broadway may be widened, with Auckland Council considering demolishing two shops to widen the passage. Some criticism was made at the time of opening about the high step up into trains, considered necessary by the designers to allow freight trains to pass the platforms. Authorities noted that this was the same height as at other stations throughout the Auckland system with the exception of Britomart, which does not have freight trains passing. Authorities confirmed the vertical distance to step up to some train carriages would be up to 374 mm, but this would be reduced with the introduction of the new carriages designed for the electrification of the Auckland network. New track layout Integral to the redevelopment was the requirement to reorganise the track layout; the new station has three tracks. Each island has two platforms, although Platform Two is not in use for passenger services. Platform One serves westbound services on the Western Line. Platform Three serves Britomart bound services on all three lines, while Platform Four serves southbound servic