Rockingham railway station, Perth


Rockingham railway station is a railway station in Rockingham, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. It is on the Mandurah railway line, which is part of the Transperth commuter rail network. It has two side platforms, linked by a pedestrian overpass accessed by stairs, a lift, and escalators. Services run every 10 minutes during peak, and every 15 minutes between peak. The journey to Perth railway station is 43.2 kilometres (26.8 mi), and takes 34 minutes. The journey to Mandurah railway station is 27.6 kilometres (17.1 mi), and takes 17 minutes. The station has a bus interchange with twelve bus stands, and 14 regular bus routes.

Station in December 2007
General information
LocationRae Road, Ennis Avenue, Rockingham, Western Australia
Coordinates32°17′23″S 115°45′41″E / 32.289809°S 115.761269°E / -32.289809; 115.761269
Owned byPublic Transport Authority
Operated byTransperth Trains
Line(s)     Mandurah line
Distance43.2 kilometres (26.8 mi) from Perth
Platforms2 side platforms
Bus routes12
Bus stands12
Structure typeGround
Other information
Station codeRRM
99701 (platform 1)
99702 (platform 2)
Fare zone5
Opened23 December 2007
Preceding station Transperth Transperth Following station
towards Perth
Mandurah line
towards Mandurah
Mandurah line
Location of Rockingham railway station

The station opened on 23 December 2007, along with the rest of the Mandurah line.

Description Edit

Rockingham railway station is in Rockingham, Western Australia, a suburb of Perth. It is located east of the intersection of Ennis Avenue and Rae Road. The land on which the station lies was originally reserved for a road interchange.[1] The station is 43.2 kilometres (26.8 mi),[2] or a 34-minute train journey, from Perth railway station;[3] and 27.6 kilometres (17.1 mi),[2] or a 17-minute train journey, from Mandurah railway station.[3] The adjacent stations are Wellard railway station towards Perth, and Warnbro railway station towards Mandurah.[3][4]

The station consists of two side platforms. The platforms are approximately 150 metres (490 ft) long, or long enough for a Transperth 6 car train – the longest trains used by Transperth. Platform one can be accessed through fare gates from the western side. Platform two is linked to platform one by a pedestrian overpass, which can be accessed by stairs, an escalator, or a lift. The station has a large roof covering much of the platforms. The station is fully accessible.[4][5]

Outside the station building's entrance is a twelve stand bus interchange. West of the bus interchange is the station's car park. There is another car park on the western side of Ennis Avenue, which can be accessed on foot via an underpass under Ennis Avenue, or by the several bus routes that pass that car park. Parking costs $2 per day on weekdays, and in total, the station has 1,950 standard parking bays, 23 short term parking bays, 16 motorcycle bays, and disabled bays. Other facilities at the station include toilets, and a transit officer booth.[4][5]

History Edit

Station entrance in December 2007
Decorations in December 2007
Platforms in December 2007
Northbound view in December 2007

A timber railway from Jarrahdale to Rockingham was built in the 19th century, crossing the main South Western Railway line from Perth to Bunbury at Mundijong. It ran closely along what is now Patterson Road and terminated at the jetty at Mangles Bay. As well as freight there were also excursion trains along the line. However, over time it became cheaper to load timber at the deep-water port in Fremantle and the rails were removed in 1949. The street name Railway Terrace in central Rockingham is a legacy of this line.[6][7]

Planning Edit

Under the original 1999 Southern Suburbs Railway plan, Rockingham station would have been located within the Rockingham central business district in close proximity to major shopping and civic areas. This plan proposed the line to access Rockingham CBD by tunnel.

However, in 2002, the Southern Suburbs Railway (Mandurah line) was altered to operate via a more direct route from Perth via the median strip of the Kwinana Freeway rather than via the Armadale and Kwinana lines as originally planned.[8] The planned central Rockingham station was abandoned at this time, in order to offset the extra cost of the Perth leg. The new location avoided the cost of tunnelling under Rockingham, but was now located on the edge of the city rather than in the centre of it two kilometres east of Rockingham Shopping Centre.

To offset this, the State Government announced plans to construct a light rail link to the Rockingham CBD instead. This did not transpire, although provision was made in the station design and layout for it. Evidence of the abandoned light rail is seen in the busway approach to the station, where concrete 'tracks' can be seen. These would have accommodated rail inset into a concrete base and presumably can still be used in this way in the future. The light rail track would have ended at a platform under the existing station canopy near the western entrance.

Construction Edit

The design and construction of the Mandurah railway line was split up into eight "packages". Rockingham station, along with Mandurah station and Warnbro station, was part of Package C. Rockingham station was designed by Jones Coulter Young Architects. The station was designed as a major regional bus/rail transfer station. The $32 million contract for building Rockingham station and Warnbro station was awarded to a joint venture between Doric Constructions and Brierty Contractors in June 2005.[9][10][11]

Construction on the station began in August 2005.[12] The station opened along with the rest of the Mandurah line on 23 December 2007.[13]

Services Edit

Rockingham railway station is served by the Mandurah railway line on the Transperth network. The line goes between Mandurah railway station and Perth railway station, continuing north from there as the Joondalup railway line. Mandurah line trains stop at the station every 10 minutes during peak on weekdays, and every 15 minutes during the day outside peak every day of the year except Christmas Day. At night, trains are half-hourly, or hourly. Rockingham station is the terminus and starting point of K stopping pattern. The pattern operates once per day in each direction at the beginning of peak in the early morning.[3] The station saw 1,178,710 boardings in the 2013–14 financial year.[14]

Rockingham station platforms
Stop Platform Line Stopping pattern Destination Notes
99701 1 Mandurah All stations, K Perth Underground
99702 2 Mandurah All stations Mandurah
K Terminates

Buses Edit

Rockingham station has a bus interchange with twelve bus stands: six on either side of the bus road. 14 regular bus routes serve the station, as well as rail replacement services, which operate as route 909, and school routes.[5]

Stands 1–6 Edit

Stop Route Destination / description Notes
[23782] Stand 1 549 to Fremantle station via Rockingham Road[15]
[23783] Stand 2 548 to Fremantle station via Patterson Road & Cockburn Road[16]
[23784] Stand 3 555 to Rockingham Beach via Wanliss Street[17]
[23785] Stand 4 558 to Warnbro station via Read Street[18]
[23786] Stand 5 557 to Warnbro station via Charthouse Road[19]
559 to Warnbro station via Willmott Drive[20]
[23787] Stand 6

Stands 7–12 Edit

Stop Route Destination / description Notes
[23788] Stand 7 909 Rail replacement service to Mandurah station
689 to Crown Perth, Burswood
[23789] Stand 8 554 Hillman Circular via Calume Street[21]
556 to Rockingham Hospital via Elanora Drive[22]
[23790] Stand 9 550 to Rockingham Beach via Kent Street[23]
551 to Shoalwater via Parkin Street & Safety Bay Road[24]
[23791] Stand 10 552 to Shoalwater via Townsend Road[25]
553 to Shoalwater via Cygnus Street & Waikiki Road[26]
[23792] Stand 11 School Specials
[23793] Stand 12 909 Rail replacement service to Perth station

References Edit

  1. ^ "Public Meeting – Minutes – Rockingham – 21/01/2002" (PDF). New MetroRail. 21 January 2002. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Manual – Rail Access" (PDF). Public Transport Authority. 30 August 2021. Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 September 2021. Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d "Mandurah Line Train Timetable" (PDF). Transperth. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "Rockingham Station". Transperth. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  5. ^ a b c "Rockingham Station – Access Map" (PDF). Transperth. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  6. ^ "Heritage Council of WA – Places Database".
  7. ^ "Jarrahdale 1872 Timber Tramway – Trail Search".
  8. ^ Railway (Jandakot to Perth) Bill 2002 Parliament of Western Australia
  9. ^ Longhurst, Derek (2008). 48 months, 48 minutes : building the Perth to Mandurah railway. West Perth, Western Australia: Rawlhouse Publishing. p. 303. ISBN 9780958740685.
  10. ^ University of Melbourne. "UCL Project Profile : Australia : South West Corridor Railway" (PDF). Omega Centre. pp. 28–29. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  11. ^ "Construction contracts awarded for final three train stations". Media Statements. 22 June 2005. Archived from the original on 21 October 2021. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  12. ^ "Rockingham". New MetroRail. Archived from the original on 13 March 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  13. ^ "All aboard as the new Perth-to-Mandurah Railway begins". Media Statements. 23 December 2007. Archived from the original on 1 January 2020. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  14. ^ "Question On Notice No. 4245 asked in the Legislative Assembly on 25 June 2015 by Mr M. Mcgowan". Parliament of Western Australia. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  15. ^ "Route 549". Bus Timetable 125 (PDF). Transperth. 17 August 2022 [effective from 10 October 2022].
  16. ^ "Route 548". Bus Timetable 126 (PDF). Transperth. 17 August 2022 [effective from 10 October 2022].
  17. ^ "Route 555". Bus Timetable 127 (PDF). Transperth. 12 December 2022 [effective from 29 January 2023].
  18. ^ "Route 558". Bus Timetable 130 (PDF). Transperth. 18 May 2023 [effective from 12 June 2023].
  19. ^ "Route 557". Bus Timetable 130 (PDF). Transperth. 18 May 2023 [effective from 12 June 2023].
  20. ^ "Route 559". Bus Timetable 130 (PDF). Transperth. 18 May 2023 [effective from 12 June 2023].
  21. ^ "Route 554". Bus Timetable 129 (PDF). Transperth. 8 May 2023 [effective from 12 June 2023].
  22. ^ "Route 556". Bus Timetable 129 (PDF). Transperth. 8 May 2023 [effective from 12 June 2023].
  23. ^ "Route 550". Bus Timetable 128 (PDF). Transperth. 8 May 2023 [effective from 12 June 2023].
  24. ^ "Route 551". Bus Timetable 128 (PDF). Transperth. 8 May 2023 [effective from 12 June 2023].
  25. ^ "Route 552". Bus Timetable 128 (PDF). Transperth. 8 May 2023 [effective from 12 June 2023].
  26. ^ "Route 553". Bus Timetable 128 (PDF). Transperth. 8 May 2023 [effective from 12 June 2023].

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