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Redfern
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South Coast Line
Blue Mountains Line
Newcastle & Central Coast Line
Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line
Bankstown Line
Inner West Line
Airport & East Hills Line
South Line
Western Line
Olympic Park Line
Northern Line
Station code REF
Suburb Redfern
Street(s) Lawson St
Gibbons St
Distance from Central Station 1.30 km
Altitude (above sea level)  ? m
Types of stopping trains Suburban all stations
Suburban limited stops
Intercity
Number of platforms 12
Number of tracks 12
Platform arrangement 2 side
5 island
Type of station Ground/Underground
Ticket barriers Yes
Transfers available Train
Bus
Disabled access Handicapped/disabled access No
Station facilities Link
Lawson Street entrance
Gibbons Street entrance
incomplete platforms at Redfern Station

Redfern railway station is a major railway station in Redfern which is to the south of the Sydney city centre. It is a major connecting station for the CityRail network, as well as being the closest railway station to the University of Sydney. It is the ninth busiest station on the network.[1]

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History

In the early history of the New South Wales Railways, "Redfern" was the name of the principal Sydney terminus. It was located to the south of Devonshire St and opened on 26 September 1855 in an area known as "Cleveland Fields." This original "Redfern" station comprised one wooden platform in a corrugated iron shed. As traffic increased the original station was replaced in 1874 by a brick building containing two platforms. This second station, which grew to 14 platforms, was designed for through traffic if the lines were extended in the city direction. This second station was found to be too far from the city centre, so a new station (the present Sydney Central Station) was built to the north of Devonshire Street and opened on 4 August 1906. The 1874 station was soon demolished.

A station was opened in 1876 1.3 km on the Parramatta side of the "original Redfern" and called 'Eveleigh'. In 1885 Eveleigh's platforms were reconstructed at the present Redfern site, and on 21 October 1906 this station was renamed Redfern.

Platforms 11 and 12, as well as the area containing the unfinished platforms (see below), were constructed in the late 1970s as part of the Eastern Suburbs Railway construction, which opened in 1979.

Until the early 1990s Redfern had an overhead footbridge at the Eveleigh end of the platforms, connecting all platforms 1-10 by stairs. This was demolished because the funds for its maintenance were not available. A single track underground tunnel for trains going to Eveleigh Maintenance Centre, known as the Engine Dive, runs under the above ground platforms. Various chimneys on the platforms (especially on platform 1) are evidence of this. The tunnel surfaces near the Eveleigh end of platform 10 and on the non-station side of the Lawson St bridge. The station is walking distance to the suburb of Waterloo known by its Govt Housing high rise buildings.

The present Redfern station was damaged by fire in the 2004 Redfern riots. The ticketing area and station master's office were significantly damaged - and the windows in the front of the station were bricked up for almost a year afterwards to prevent further attacks. They have since been replaced with glass windows.

Station Configuration

Redfern has 12 platforms - 10 above ground (linked by stairs to the concourse at Lawson St), and 2 underground (linked by stairs and escalators to the concourse at Gibbons St). The two concourses are linked. Station offices and facilities such as toilets and the main indicator boards are located next to the Lawson St entry.

As part of the construction of the Eastern Suburbs Railway (now platforms 11 and 12), it was proposed to build up to four platforms for the underground route (similar to Central.) Two of these platforms were built and now are Platforms 11 and 12, however, the two platforms above were half constructed above Platforms 11 and 12. These are visible through a small gap in the wall opposite Platform 11, as well as by a boarded up entry portal under the Lawson St Bridge (which was to be the down track), and a now filled-in dive tunnel under the Wells St Sectioning Hut on the Central side of Lawson St (which was to be the up track). The area in which the platforms were to be situated is visible from the station concourse at the entrance to Platform 10.

Platforms/Service

The station serves all Cityrail suburban lines except the airport branch of the Airport & East Hills Line, the Carlingford line, the Cumberland Line, and also the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link until the new 2009 Cityrail timetable when the line be conjoined with the Northern Line. In peak hours, to serve connecting passengers and students at the University of Sydney, intercity services to the Blue Mountains, Newcastle & the Central Coast, and the South Coast also stop at the station to pick up or set down.

Despite an extension of the platform in the late 1990s, Platform 1 is considered a short platform, and passengers are asked to travel in the front six carriages of Intercity trains using the platform.

Platform Line Stopping Pattern Notes and Comments
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Newcastle & Central Coast Line Weekday peak hour intercity services to Central Set down only
Blue Mountains Line
South Coast Line
Olympic Park Line Special events and weekday off peak services to Central Set down only
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Newcastle & Central Coast Line Weekday peak hour intercity services to Gosford, Wyong and Newcastle via Strathfield Pick up only
Blue Mountains Line Weekday peak hour intercity services to Springwood, Katoomba, Mt Victoria and Lithgow via Katoomba
South Coast Line Weekday peak hour intercity services to Thirroul, Wollongong, Port Kembla, Dapto and Kiama via Wollongong
Olympic Park Line Special events and weekday off peak services to Olympic Park Pick up only
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Northern Line Suburban all stations and limited stops services to Central and North Sydney via the City, then on to Hornsby via Macquarie Park
Western Line Suburban all stations and limited stops services to Central, then on to North Sydney, Lindfield, Gordon, Hornsby and Berowra via the North Shore Line
Peak hour intercity services to Gosford and Wyong via the North Shore Line.
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Northern Line Suburban all stations and limited stops services to Epping via Strathfield; peak hour services to Hornsby via Strathfield
Western Line Suburban all stations and limited stops and peak hour express services to Blacktown, Quakers Hill, Riverstone, Richmond, St Marys, Penrith and Emu Plains via Parramatta Some peak hour intercity services to Springwood on the Blue Mountains Line
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South Line Suburban all stations services to Central then on to City Circle
Inner West Line Suburban all stations services to Central then on to City Circle
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South Line Suburban all stations and limited stops services to Glenfield and Campbelltown via Granville Trains to the Macdonaldtown turnback from the City Circle pass this platform
Inner West Line Suburban all stations services to Ashfield, Lidcombe, Cabramatta and Liverpool via Regents Park
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Bankstown Line Suburban all stations services to Central then on to City Circle
Airport & East Hills Line Suburban all stations services to Central then on to City Circle Peak hours only
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Bankstown Line Suburban all stations and limited stops services to Bankstown, Lidcombe and Liverpool via Sydenham
Airport & East Hills Line Suburban express services to Campbelltown and Macarthur via Sydenham and East Hills Peak hours only
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Not in regular use May be used by Illawarra line trains to the City Circle or empty train movements
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Not in regular use May be used by Illawarra line trains to the City Circle or empty train movements
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Eastern Suburbs Line Suburban all stations services to Bondi Junction Some peak hour services from the South Coast Line
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Illawarra Line Suburban all stations and limited stops services to Hurstville, Mortdale, Sutherland, Cronulla, and Waterfall via Hurstville Some peak hour intercity services to Thirroul, Wollongong and Port Kembla
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Incomplete platforms These were not fully constructed; are situated west of Platforms 11 & 12 and behind Platform 10

Accessibility/Exits

Underground platforms serve the Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra line

The station has three main exits - the main entrance and exit on Lawson St next to the ticketing area (Exit A on the diagram below), a second entrance on Gibbons St (especially for passengers using platforms 11 and 12) (Exit B on the diagram below), and a third exit to the Australian Technology Park, which is accessed by walking along platform 10 (Exit C on the diagram). During peak hours, the entrance to platform 10 is blocked by fare gates to prevent fare evasion by those travelling to the Technology Park area; these are opened during off-peak times or on the rare occasion when a train needs to stop at the platform. The other two entrances have their fare gates operating at all times.

At present, Redfern does not have Easy Access for wheelchairs. All above-ground platforms are accessible by stairs, so this would hinder most wheelchair access to the station. Platforms 11 and 12 are accessible by either stairs or escalators from a separate concourse near the Gibbons St exit.

In April 2006, Transport Minister John Watkins announced plans for a $2 million inquiry into concept designs for upgrading the station, including Easy Access facilities. The station requires upgrading due to an influx of new residents and workers set to result from the Redfern-Waterloo urban renewal project.[2]

Station Map

Diagram of Redfern Railway Station layout

Legend:

Station Concourse
Platforms
Offices/Other Facilities
Ticket Barriers
Stairs/Escalators


Bus Services

Redfern does not have a connecting bus interchange; however, a stop close to the Gibbons Street entrance (near platforms 11 & 12) serves the following routes:

  • 305 - Railway Square (inbound); Qantas Centre, Mascot via Alexandria (outbound).
  • 308 - Millers Point (Argyle St) (inbound) via City; Marrickville Metro (Smidmore St) (outbound) via Alexandria.
  • 309/310 - Circular Quay via City (inbound) (outbound does not pass by Redfern Station). There are also peak hour express service equivalents X09 & X10.
  • L09 - Peak hour limited stops service to Port Botany Bus Depot (Bumborah Pt Rd).

This bus stop also services NightRide buses and replacement buses during trackwork.

There are stops further afield in Lawson Square, Botany Rd and Redfern St servicing bus routes to the City, Railway Square, Matraville, Pagewood and Marrickville.

Neighbouring stations

Preceding station   CityRail   Following station
South Coast Line
(occasional services only)
Terminus
towards Lithgow
Blue Mountains Line
(occasional services only)
Terminus
towards Newcastle
Newcastle and Central Coast Line
(occasional services only)
Terminus
towards Waterfall or Cronulla
Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line
towards Lidcombe or Liverpool
Bankstown Line
Terminus
towards Macarthur
Airport and East Hills Line
peak hours only
Terminus
towards Liverpool
Inner West Line
Terminus
towards Campbelltown
South Line
Terminus
towards Emu Plains or Richmond
Western Line
Terminus
towards Olympic Park
Olympic Park Line
(occasional services only)
Terminus
towards Epping
Northern Line
towards Hornsby

Notes

  1. ^ Robins, R. An uphill battle at the busy railway stations. Sydney Morning Herald, July 4-5, 2009.
  2. ^ "$2 million concept: New designs on stations", Matt Sun, MX, April 6, 2006, p. 4

References/External Links

 
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South Coast Line Bondi Junction | Edgecliff | Kings Cross | Martin Place | Central | Redfern | Wolli Creek | Hurstville | Sutherland | Waterfall | Helensburgh | Otford | Stanwell Park | Coalcliff | Scarborough | Wombarra | Coledale | Austinmer | Thirroul | Bulli | Woonona | Bellambi | Corrimal | Towradgi | Fairy Meadow | North Wollongong | Wollongong | Coniston | Lysaghts | Cringila | Port Kembla North | Port Kembla | Unanderra | Kembla Grange Racecourse | Dapto | Albion Park | Oak Flats | Dunmore (Shellharbour) | Minnamurra | Bombo | Kiama | Gerringong | Berry | Bomaderry (Nowra)
Blue Mountains Line North Sydney | Milsons Point | Wynyard | Town Hall | Central | Redfern | Strathfield | Granville | Parramatta | Westmead | Blacktown | Penrith | Emu Plains | Lapstone | Glenbrook | Blaxland | Warrimoo | Valley Heights | Springwood | Faulconbridge | Linden | Woodford | Hazelbrook | Lawson | Bullaburra | Wentworth Falls | Leura | Katoomba | Medlow Bath | Blackheath | Mount Victoria | Bell | Zig Zag | Lithgow
Newcastle & Central Coast Line Central | Redfern | Strathfield | West Ryde | Eastwood | Epping | Hornsby | Berowra | Cowan | Hawkesbury River | Wondabyne | Woy Woy | Koolewong | Tascott | Point Clare | Gosford | Narara | Niagara Park | Lisarow | Ourimbah | Tuggerah | Wyong | Warnervale | North Warnervale | Wyee | Morisset | Dora Creek | Awaba | Fassifern | Booragul | Teralba | Cockle Creek | Cardiff | Kotara | Adamstown | Broadmeadow | Hamilton | Wickham | Civic | Newcastle
Eastern
Suburbs and
Illawarra Line
Bondi Junction | Edgecliff | Kings Cross | Martin Place | Town Hall | Central | Redfern | Sydenham | Tempe | Wolli Creek | Arncliffe | Banksia | Rockdale | Kogarah | Carlton | Allawah | Hurstville | Penshurst | Mortdale | Oatley | Como | Jannali | Sutherland | Loftus | Engadine | Heathcote | Waterfall | Kirrawee | Gymea | Miranda | Caringbah | Woolooware | Cronulla
Bankstown Line Central | Town Hall | Wynyard | Circular Quay | St James | Museum | Central | Redfern | Erskineville | St Peters | Sydenham | Marrickville | Dulwich Hill | Hurlstone Park | Canterbury | Campsie | Belmore | Lakemba | Wiley Park | Punchbowl | Bankstown | Yagoona | Birrong | Regents Park | Berala | Lidcombe | Sefton | Chester Hill | Leightonfield | Villawood | Carramar | Cabramatta | Warwick Farm | Liverpool
Inner West Line Central | Museum | St James | Circular Quay | Wynyard | Town Hall | Central | Redfern | Macdonaldtown | Newtown | Stanmore | Petersham | Lewisham | Summer Hill | Ashfield | Croydon | Burwood | Strathfield | Homebush | Flemington | Lidcombe | Berala | Regents Park | Sefton | Chester Hill | Leightonfield | Villawood | Carramar | Cabramatta | Warwick Farm | Liverpool
Airport &
East Hills
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Central | Town Hall | Wynyard | Circular Quay | St James | Museum | Central | Redfern | Sydenham | Green Square | Mascot | Domestic | International | Wolli Creek | Turrella | Bardwell Park | Bexley North | Kingsgrove | Beverly Hills | Narwee | Riverwood | Padstow | Revesby | Panania | East Hills | Holsworthy | Glenfield | Macquarie Fields | Ingleburn | Minto | Leumeah | Campbelltown | Macarthur
South Line Central | Museum | St James | Circular Quay | Wynyard | Town Hall | Central | Redfern | Newtown | Ashfield | Burwood | Strathfield | Flemington | Lidcombe | Auburn | Clyde | Granville | Merrylands | Guildford | Yennora | Fairfield | Canley Vale | Cabramatta | Warwick Farm | Liverpool | Casula | Glenfield | Macquarie Fields | Ingleburn | Minto | Leumeah | Campbelltown
Western Line Central | Redfern | Burwood | Strathfield | Lidcombe | Auburn | Clyde | Granville | Harris Park | Parramatta | Westmead | Wentworthville | Pendle Hill | Toongabbie | Seven Hills | Blacktown | Doonside | Rooty Hill | Mt Druitt | St Marys | Werrington | Kingswood | Penrith | Emu Plains | Marayong | Quakers Hill | Schofields | Riverstone | Vineyard | Mulgrave | Windsor | Clarendon | East Richmond | Richmond
Olympic
Park Line
(Central) | (Redfern) | (Strathfield) | Olympic Park | Lidcombe
Northern Line Hornsby | Normanhurst | Thornleigh | Pennant Hills | Beecroft | Cheltenham | Epping | Macquarie University | Macquarie Park | North Ryde | Chatswood | Artarmon | St Leonards | Wollstonecraft | Waverton | North Sydney | Milson's Point | Wynyard | Town Hall | Central | Redfern | Burwood | Strathfield | North Strathfield | Concord West | Rhodes | Meadowbank | West Ryde | Denistone | Eastwood | Epping
(stations in italics are under planning or under construction)
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Under construction or planning: South West Rail Link
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