PTUA has Campbellfield in their sights

 
  fast01 BUTTSCRATCHER!

Location: Somewhere your not.
From the Hume Leader

Tuesday 21st February 2006

Station Battle on again

Melbourne's Peak transport users group has renewed its push for a new train station at Campbellfield.
Th Public Transport Users Association has called on the State Govenment to improve the Transport "black hole" and include a train station at Campbellfield in its future planning strategies.
The Campbellfield station site could be built near the Northcorp Industry Park on the Upfield line between Gowrie and Upfield stations. Association secretary Tony Morton said public transport needed to be improved in Campbellfield.
"Campbellfield has plenty of roads choked with cars, but people have virtually no access to public transport despite having a train linerunning straight past them," he said.
"As it happens, the Government is planning to run a new Smartbus service on route 560 along Camp and Mahoneys roads. But it must ensure the upgraded bus has an interchange with trains on the Upfield line."
Mr Morton said the Campbellfield train station was an obvious omission on the Upfield train line.
"Its time to get serious about providing new stations on networks where they are needed," he said.
The transport users association recently released its own five year planfor Melbourne's public transport, including a Campbellfield station.
In 2003 MAB Business Parks, which operates Campbellfield's Northcorp Industry Park, raised  its hand to help fund a station.
State Government spokeswoman Sofia Dedes said the Government was developing its Metropolitan Transport plan which outlined the future strategies for transport projects.
"This includes improving the reach and frequency of bus services in the outer suburban areas," she said.
Electrification of the Broadmeadows line past the current end of the line provided for a future station of Coolaroo.
So 560 is becoming a smartbus, i think that we could be looking at a Campbellfield station within 10 years. Smile

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  Comengs Chief Commissioner

Location: Mourningtown Ride
So 560 is becoming a smartbus, i think that we could be looking at a Campbellfield station within 10 years. Smile
"fast01"
Hopefully so, seeing that its next to the business park, located near Kmart and Coles and reisdents near the area have to travel to Gowire or Upfield to travel on PT. I don't know why the government built the station long ago, or even demolish it for that matter.
  PalmerEldritch Say goodnight to the bad guy

Location: Princes Park, Carlton
A future Campbellfield station would get a good mix of patronage, with retail workers and shoppers at Kmart and Coles, Industrial workers at Northcorp, users of the Meadow Inn Hotel/Motel and even people looking for a quick feed at one of four fast-food outlets nearby.
  xtrapolis954m Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere in HBE
The area deserves a station - a growing Northern suburb close to a shopping center with a pub for late-night users. Could be turned into a Park+Ride terminal, as it is so very close to Sydney Road. Only time will tell…

Cheers, Lachlan.
  Byrnesy Minister for Railways

Location: Gone
I wrote a letter to the DoI last year about the Upfield line, and, among other things, mentioned repeatedly the need for a new station at Campbellfield. The response I got back was predictable; "a feasibility study was undertaken and this found that the station would only get moderate levels of patronage, therefore a station at Campbellfield is not considered a high priority at present. It will, however, be retained as an option in the medium term".

To me, medium terms translates to: maybe in 30 years time, or maybe never.


A future Campbellfield station would get a good mix of patronage, with retail workers and shoppers at Kmart and Coles, Industrial workers at Northcorp, users of the Meadow Inn Hotel/Motel and even people looking for a quick feed at one of four fast-food outlets nearby
"PalmerEldritch"


Not to mention residents in parts of Reservoir, Fawkner, Broadmeadows and Campbellfield itself....
  kN Chief Train Controller

Location: Balham, Northern Line

A future Campbellfield station would get a good mix of patronage, with retail workers and shoppers at Kmart and Coles, Industrial workers at Northcorp, users of the Meadow Inn Hotel/Motel and even people looking for a quick feed at one of four fast-food outlets nearby
"PalmerEldritch"


Not to mention residents in parts of Reservoir, Fawkner, Broadmeadows and Campbellfield itself....
"Byrnesy"

What, no mention of the dishlickers.  Massive generator of patronage...
  Metlink Chief Commissioner

Location: Camberwell Station or on Tram 109 or bus 302
i have no idea why it wasnt build either. i mean it cant possibly cost that much to build one platform as there is only one track there.
  TrainNo815 Chief Commissioner

Location: Thomastown, Melbourne, Australia, Earth
Judging by this, I think Melbourne's train network needs an upgrade.
  fast01 BUTTSCRATCHER!

Location: Somewhere your not.
i think that we could be looking at a Campbellfield station within 10 years. Smile
"fast01"


Problem is that we need the station NOW, it would be well utilised, ten years is too long to wait.

Heres an aerial shot of the proposed station:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=melbourne&t=k&ll=-37.688142,144.955566&spn=0.002369,0.007896&t=k (railway line is in the middle, Campbellfield Plaza/K-mart to the right)
"Somebody in the WWW"
Oh i know its needed now, i live near there. I'm thinking along the lines of Realistically, 10 years would be the most realistic option, but then again 5 years might be even more realistic.
Its the whole deal of "we make the decisions, we say when and where" Rolling Eyes
  Rodo Chief Commissioner

Location: Southern Riverina
Even if Campbellfield platform had been re-instated when electric services were extended to Upfield, I am sure that it would have recieved greater patronage than Wattle Glen. Nowadays it should get at least the use of Darebin, if not more with a popular east-west bus running by as well as linking to Sydney Rd services.
  Byrnesy Minister for Railways

Location: Gone
i have no idea why it wasnt build either. i mean it cant possibly cost that much to build one platform as there is only one track there.
"Metlink"


I would hope that if Campbellfield is built, it would come with duplication of the line north of Gowrie, and thus it could be built as an island platform with a track on either side. But then again, government, when faced with a choice between this and simply leaving the single track and building a single platform station, would definitely choose the latter.

That is, of course, if Campbellfield is ever built at all, and I'm not convinced that it will be at all, although there is definitely a strong need for it. Crying or Very sad
  Comengs Chief Commissioner

Location: Mourningtown Ride
I say duplicate to UFD (or at least Campbellfield) and build Cambpellfield station Very Happy
"Somebody in the WWW"
Why only dulpicate up to the future Cambpellfield when you can dulpicate all the way to Upfield? Anyway, if Cambpellfield would be built, it would most likley be another Keilor Plains.
  xtrapolis954m Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere in HBE
You would be suprised how much WGN gets used during the peak - 100 people get on on my train alone most mornings. However, I daresay that the new station will be used quite a lot - only time will tell.

Cheers, Lachlan.
  beanzs27 Assistant Commissioner

when was the old station closed and why
  Natronomonas Chief Train Controller

The response I got back was predictable; "a feasibility study was undertaken and this found that the station would only get moderate levels of patronage, therefore a station at Campbellfield is not considered a high priority at present. It will, however, be retained as an option in the medium term".
"Byrnesy"


Of course it would only get moderate levels of patronage at the moment with 20 min spaced services! Not to mention punctuality doesn't seem to be a strong point of the line in my experience.

Perhaps once the Coburg/Bell St rejuvenation happens there might be a higher frequency, but then sometimes I think pigs might fly, too.... the govt just needs to get serious, and get enough pressure to start investing - Sydney Rd is bad enough already, surely moving some people onto the parallel rail route would be a good thing...?!
  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
You won't get a response from Byrnesy, he's long gone.
  Robbb01 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Shhhh!
On the subject of train stations serving industrial areas...how come nobody has thought of building a Dandenong Sth station
  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
Benefit/cost ration would be very low in terms of serving the industrial area - not much within walking distance of a station location. Buses to/from Dandybong Station would do a much better job.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
when was the old station closed and why
"beanzs27"


The Inside cover of the book (Train Hobby Publications) "Victorian Railways Railmotors"
shows  A.E.C. Rail Motor No. 9 at Campbellfield Station.
The station (Just north of Camp Road) Is nothing more than a ground level platform and a Tin shed as a station building.

In1959 I think the Fawkner to Somerton Rail Motor service ceased

Why probably because of lack of use (mass introduction of motor cars)
  Robbb01 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Shhhh!
Welcome to Railpage Nightfire!
  penov Chief Commissioner

Location: By the shore of Bass Strait.

when was the old station closed and why


There was never a real station at Campbellfield, just a rail motor stop with a tin shed shelter and a ground level platform.  When the rail motolr service ceased in 1956 all the SP's became redundant. Electrification to Gowrie and then Upfield came in the early 1960's, but Upfield was originally built as a private station to service the new Ford factory but there was some new housing nearby which also used it.. There was nothing at Campbellfield then to warrant a station, but I have no doubt if one was built now it would get used.
  Zen Dave Junior Train Controller

Location: Canberra - Q2
North Melbourne - Coburg
: opened 1884-09-09

Coburg - Fawkner (2nd location) - Fawkner (1st location) - Upfield - Somerton
: opened 1889-10-09
: closed 1903-07-13
Stations that opened and closed with the line
Bell Park
North Coburg
Fawkner (1st location)
Campbellfield
North Campbellfield

Coburg - Fawkner (2nd location)
: reopened 1914-10-01
Batman
North Coburg (renamed Merlynston 1922-02-06)
Fawkner

Fawkner (2nd location) - Somerton
: reopened 1928-03-05
: closed 1956-05-05
RMSP 12
RMSP 21
RMSP 23 (might have opened after 1928)
Campbellfield
RMSP 18
RMSP 14
North Campbellfield

Fawkner (2nd location) - Upfield
: reopened 1959-08-17 for electric traction
Gowrie (opened 1965-05-17) between RMSP 21 and RMSP 23
Upfield (same location as North Campbellfield)

Sources:
Atkinson, H.K., 1991. "Suburban Tickets of the Victorian Railways".
Dornan, S.E. and R.G. Henderson, 1979. "The Electric Railways of Victoria".
http://www.vicsig.net/
  penov Chief Commissioner

Location: By the shore of Bass Strait.
Note that there were no platforms for the rail motor other than ground level ones at Fawkner, Campbellfield, North Campbellfield and Somerton during the period 1928 to 1956.  Even at Fawkner, passengers for the rail motor had to walk down to ground level to board the vehicle. The recently released DVD from Channel 5 Productions shows this clearly.

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