Waitakere railway station

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Waitakere railway station
Formerly Auckland Transport urban rail
Waitakere Train Station In Auckland.jpg
The station and shelter
LocationTownship Road, Waitakere, Auckland
Coordinates36°50.9′S 174°32.6′E / 36.8483°S 174.5433°E / -36.8483; 174.5433
Owned byKiwiRail (track and platform)
Auckland Transport (buildings)
Line(s)North Auckland Line
Construction
Platform levels1
History
Opened18 July 1881
ClosedJuly 2015
ElectrifiedNo
Previous namesWaitakerei
Traffic
Passengers (2009)227 passengers/day

Waitakere railway station is a disused station on the North Auckland Line located in the village of Waitakere, to the north-west of Auckland, New Zealand. It served as the western terminus of the Western Line of the Auckland suburban network until July 2015, when services were curtailed to Swanson and Waitakere Station was closed.[1]

It has a crossing loop, a turntable and a small station building, which is in a poor state of repair.

History[edit]

The station opened on 18 July 1881,[2] 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.[3]

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 In 1980, after the daily service between Auckland and Helensville was withdrawn, it became the terminus for passenger trains and in railway terms the northernmost passenger station on the national rail network (geographically the former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).[3]

Off-peak Mondays to Fridays every second Western Line train from Britomart continued beyond Swanson to Waitakere until the station's closure in July 2015, when these services ceased[1] with the electrification of the Western Line to Swanson. A bus shuttle service operates between Waitakere and Swanson for this non-electrified section.

Closure[edit]

Waitakere Station closed in 2015 as part of the Auckland railway electrification project; the Waitakere Tunnel between Waitakere and Swanson was too low for overhead electrification equipment to be installed, and the cost of enlarging the tunnel was deemed to be unjustifiable as Waitakere was one of the least used stations on the network. The station closed in July 2015 when the rest of the Western Line switched to being operated by the new AM Class electric trains, and the former rail service was replaced with a bus service between Waitakere and Swanson.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rail service between Swanson and Waitakere to be scrapped". NewstalkZB. 1 June 2013.
  2. ^ Scoble, Juliet (2012). Names & Opening & Closing Dates of Railway Stations in New Zealand, 1863 to 2012. Wellington. p. 145.
  3. ^ a b Railway Stations of Auckland's Western Line (2004) by Sean Millar