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Rotokauri Transport Hub
Regional Rail, Bus
Rotokauri station south 20210221.jpg
View from overbridge looking south
Location New Zealand
Coordinates 37°44′45″S 175°13′36″E / 37.745950°S 175.226539°E / -37.745950; 175.226539Coordinates: 37°44′45″S 175°13′36″E / 37.745950°S 175.226539°E / -37.745950; 175.226539
Elevation 33 m (108 ft)
Line(s) North Island Main Trunk
Distance Wellington 547.83 km (340.41 mi)
Tracks 2 (doubled from 30 June 1929)
Construction
Parking yes
Other information
Status Currently open
Website Te Huia - Rotokauri
History
Opened 19 December 1877 original
2021
Closed 10 January 1971
Rebuilt 2018–2021
Previous names Te Rapa Railway Station
Services
Preceding station   KiwiRail   Following station
toward Papakura
Te Huia
Terminus
Historical railways
Horotiu
Line open, station closed
5.71 km (3.55 mi)
  North Island Main Trunk
KiwiRail
  Te Rapa Racecourse
Line open, station closed
4.4 km (2.7 mi)

Rotokauri railway station (formerly Te Rapa railway station) also known as The Hub is a railway station, park and ride, and bus station in north Hamilton, New Zealand serving Rotokauri and Te Rapa. Located on the North Island Main Trunk it was previously a 'flag station', and was closed in January 1971. It reopened as an integrated transport hub in 2021 as part of Te Huia services between Hamilton and Papakura. Services started on 6 April 2021.

Te Rapa railway station
The original station was near the corner of what is now Tasman Rd and Te Kowhai Rd East. The wartime NZRAF stores base (now The Base) is at the foot of the picture. A locomotive appears to be shunting in the sidings. The new station is located slightly further south, along the NIMT.

History

Te Rapa Railway Station

Opening with the Newcastle to Hamilton extension of the railway from Auckland on Wednesday 19 December 1877, Te Rapa railway station was a 'flag station', originally 3 mi (4.8 km) south of Horotiu (then named Pukete) and 3 mi (4.8 km) north of Hamilton on the NIMT. A through siding was added in 1878, it appeared in the April 1879 timetable and, by 1884, it had a passing loop for 21 wagons, a shelter shed, platform and loading bank.

In 1916, it was equipped with distant signals and was part of the extension of automatic signalling from Ngāruawahiā to Frankton from Sunday 30 June 1929, when the sidings were switch-locked and automatically controlled and the former single track doubled. The sidings were extended into the RNZAF stores depot, to the south east, when it was built during the war There were also bulk cement and Apple & Pear Board sidings.

In July 1965 it was noted that, for the past nine months, passenger bookings had been nil and, in September, approval was given to remove the station building and low-level platform. Construction of a new marshalling yard near the Racecourse began in December 1967. 2 mi 61 ch (4.4 km)

Rotokauri Transport Hub

Modern plans for a transport hub in north Hamilton started around 2007 in the Rotokauri Structure Plan and District Plan. Eventually, land was bought in 2017, and funding for the transport hub was announced in the 2018-2028 10 Year Plan.

At a meeting of the Hamilton Public Transport Joint Committee on November 28 2018, the Council estimated the cost of a new station, park and ride and transport hub at Rotokauri to be $21m, with $6.4m allowed to land purchasing. The plan was for an integrated transit hub in north Hamilton to connect with a proposed Hamilton to Auckland passenger train. These plans were dependent on NZTA funding for both the train and the hub itself. At the time of the Joint Committee meeting in November 2018, the opening was scheduled for March 2020.

In 2019 the Sixth Labour Government announced funding for a passenger rail link between Auckland and Hamilton, at the time called Tron Express but later called Te Huia. This funding included the construction of a transport hub in Rotokauri, alongside maintenance facilities. In March 2020, the original planned opening date, Hamilton City Council announced new opening date of the park and ride scheme on August 3 2020, and an increased cost estimate of $29m, this was planned to coincide with the commencement of Te Huia services. The new station was built just south of the site of the original station. The March 2020 announcement also stated that the transit hub would have a rail platform, park and ride carpark, bus interchange, roading upgrades, passenger bridge and stairs. The council also highlighted a delay in lift installation was due to "due to international supply chain issues".

On January 29 2020, a blessing ceremony was held at the transit hub ahead of its opening week. The signs around the hub include both English Language and Reo Māori names. The station has two through-platforms, three lifts, and three sets of stairs. The over-bridge links the bus terminal, the platforms, and The Base shopping mall. The Hamilton City Council has purchased land next to the carpark in order to allow for a potential carpark expansion, or another development. There have also been changes in the road layout around the hub, including the construction of a new road called Kiriwai Drive, named after a local (Kaumātua).

Services

The original Te Rapa railway station was a 'flag station', meaning passengers had to indicate to the train staff that they wished to get on or off the train.

Currently the only planned passenger train service is with Te Huia linking Hamilton to Auckland (changing trains at Papakura), four times daily on weekdays (two in each direction), and once each way on some Saturdays. These services started on 6 April 2021. These will be the first passenger services since the original station was closed. Even though the Northern Explorer passes through on the NIMT, it does not stop at this station.

Te Huia Timetable
Service Time Direction
Morning
Weekdays
5:54am to Papakura
Morning
Weekdays
6:36am to Papakura
Evening
Weekdays
6:27pm to Hamilton (Frankton)
Evening
Weekdays
7:27pm to Hamilton (Frankton)
Morning
Saturday Only
7:49am to Papakura
Evening
Saturday Only
7:35pm to Hamilton (Frankton)

Rotokauri Transport Hub is also a major point along several of Hamilton and Waikato's bus routes. It is planned that the hub will have 180 daily bus movements at the start, but this will increase to 400.

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