Roxburgh Park railway station, Melbourne

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Roxburgh Park is a suburban railway station located on the Craigieburn railway line on Thomas Brunton Parade (near Somerton Road) in Roxburgh Park, Victoria, Australia. Built on the site of the former Somerton station which closed to passengers in 1960, the adjacent goods yard and standard gauge crossing loop retain the Somerton name.

Station overview
Facilities

The station consists of two platforms, in an island platform, with steel sheltered areas located along the platform. Access to the platforms is via a footbridge in the centre of the station and stairs and ramps. A large Metcard vending machine is located at the entrance to the footbridge, which is able to dispense most ticketing options available and also accept notes and coins, as well as a myki ticket vending machine.

History

Somerton opened to traffic as a single platform on 15 May 1881. In 1889 Somerton became a junction, when what is now the Upfield line was opened from North Melbourne station northwards though Coburg. This line was closed to traffic from the Somerton end in 1903. The line though Coburg, then terminated at Fawkner station, was reopened in 1928 but no junction was provided at Somerton, instead the A.E.C. railmotor that operated the service used a turntable to the south of the station. This situation remained until 1956 when the line from Fawkner was again closed.

The next round of change involved freight services. In 1959, the line from Somerton to Upfield Station was reopened to freight traffic to the Ford Motor Company factory, with suburban services extended to Upfield from the city side. On 6 December 1960 Somerton was closed to passengers, but additional freight sidings were provided in the Somerton area throughout the 1960s.

Construction of the Melbourne - Sydney standard gauge line also commenced at this time, opening for goods traffic in 1962, and the freight line to Upfield being converted to dual gauge in 1963. In 1988 a dual gauge siding was provided to cement silos, and in 1998 Austrack commenced development of a container terminal as part of a larger "freight village". A number of major companies entered into long-term tenancies for warehouses at the site, and in 2004, Austrak entered into a lease with P&O Trans Australia to operate the terminal. The Somerton terminal has four 750 metre dual gauge rail sidings, with connections northwards on both gauges.

Today the area to the east of the main line contains a complicated arrangement of broad, standard, and dual gauge track.

Roxburgh Park station was opened on Sunday 30 September 2007 as part of the Craigieburn Rail Project. Located slightly to the north of the former passenger platforms, the down line (Craigieburn bound) was slewed to the west to permit an island platform to be built between the broad gauge main line. The station has footbridge access from the platform to the car park and bus interchange located on the western side of the tracks. In 2009 The Melbourne Transport Project said they will be doing trials around Roxburgh Park Station to improve station information to passengers.

Platforms

Platform 1:

  • Craigieburn line - all stations and limited stops services to Flinders Street.

Platform 2:

  • Craigieburn line - all stations services to Craigieburn.
Gallery
  • Station site before construction

  • Roxburgh Park Station during construction

  • Street view of the completed station

  • Dual gauge track leading towards Upfield station

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