Roxburgh Park railway station
Southbound view in September 2007
|Distance||22.00 kilometres from Southern Cross|
|Platforms||2 (1 island)|
|Fare zone||Myki zone 2|
|Website||Public Transport Victoria|
|Opened||30 September 2007|
Roxburgh Park station was built as part of the extension of electrification from Broadmeadows to Craigieburn. The Craigieburn-bound line was slewed to the west to permit an island platform to be built between the two tracks of the broad gauge main line.
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 northwards through Coburg. This line was closed to traffic from the Somerton end in 1903. The line though Coburg, then terminating at Fawkner, was reopened in 1928, but no junction was provided at Somerton, instead the AEC 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 change involved freight services. In 1959, the line from Somerton to Upfield was reopened for freight traffic, to serve 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 traffic in 1962, and the freight line to Upfield was converted to dual gauge in 1963. In 1988 a dual gauge siding was provided to cement silos, and in 1998 Austrak 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 tracks.
Platforms & services
Broadmeadows Bus Service operates one route to and from Roxburgh Park station:
- 544: to Craigieburn station
CDC Melbourne operates two routes to and from Roxburgh Park station:
Dysons operates two routes via Roxburgh Park station:
- Roxburgh Park Vicsig
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- "Craigieburn Rail Project - News and publications". Department of Transport, Victoria. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
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- "Proposals for an intermodal solution to service Melbourne's growing containerised freight task" (PDF). Shaping Melbourne's Freight Futures. www.transport.vic.gov.au. April 2010. pp. 33–34. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
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- "541 Broadmeadows Station - Craigieburn North (Mt Ridley Rd)". Public Transport Victoria.
- "542 Roxburgh Park - Pascoe Vale via Meadow Heights & Broadmeadows & Glenroy". Public Transport Victoria.
- "901 Frankston - Melbourne Airport (SMARTBUS Service)". Public Transport Victoria.
- Melway map at street-directory.com.au