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Mount Eden train station

Stations - Mount Eden

 

The present train station on Mt Eden Road near Eden Terrace will be expanded and re-developed.

The bigger Mount Eden Station will cover both the existing Kingsland to Grafton line and new CRL Mount Eden to Karangahape Road line.

The redeveloped station will allow significant development in the area.

CRL has bought 2.4 hectares in the area to allow for the redevelopment of the station and for use as the main construction base for the CRL. It is where the dirt from the tunnel boring will be extracted.

Earlier CRL plans were for an underground Newton Station around Symonds Street. In 2014, Auckland Transport announced a change in plan - to redevelop the existing Mt Eden Station and connect it to the city rail link rather than build a station at Newton.


How it looks today

PLATFORM: The present walkway to Mount Eden station platform

PLATFORM: The present walkway to Mount Eden station platform

TODAY: The Mount Eden station platform today

TODAY: The Mount Eden station platform today


The station plan


How the station could look - latest concept drawings


Area History

Mount Eden's railway station opened in 1880 - one of the original stations on the Northern Line.

EARLY DAYS: This image from around the 1880s from the Te Papa Collection is believed to show in the far left the first Mt Eden railway station

EARLY DAYS: This image from around the 1880s from the Te Papa Collection is believed to show in the far left the first Mt Eden railway station

In 1912 the island platform was established and a station building built. The original station building was removed in the 1990s and the station upgraded in 2004.

HOW IT WAS: How Mt Eden train station looked in 1931. This view is looking south from the roof of Trucks Limited in New North Road (formerly Eden Crescent) across Mount Eden, showing Flower Street, (left to right across foreground), railway lines and Mt Eden Railway Station (right of centre). (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 4-5172)

HOW IT WAS: How Mt Eden train station looked in 1931. This view is looking south from the roof of Trucks Limited in New North Road (formerly Eden Crescent) across Mount Eden, showing Flower Street, (left to right across foreground), railway lines and Mt Eden Railway Station (right of centre). (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 4-5172)

While the station is called Mount Eden, it is not in the Mt Eden Village but is closer to Eden Terrace/Symonds Street Newton.

The Newton area has generally been known as Te Uru Karaka after a significant grove of Karaka trees growing in the area in pre-European times. The area is also associated with a spring known as Te Ipu Pakore.

Before the 1870s there were several brick works in Newton Gully. As the nearby industry increased, the farm properties in the valley were subdivided and became working class communities.

Plans showing the early ownership of land within the area reveal that there were multiple purchases of allotments by wealthy individuals, many of whom were hoping to make a quick profit on speculative deals. By 1850, a number of well-to do houses dotted the landscape, establishing it as a recognisable and fashionable residential area.

The junction of Upper Symonds Street, Newton Road, Khyber Pass and Mt Eden Road soon developed into a hub of shops and services. The area expanded with the advancement of industrial and commercial enterprises following the revival of the economy in the mid 1890s. Along with this was the constant upgrading of the roads necessitated by the arrival of the horse-trams in the 1880s and electric trams from 1902.

TRAMS ARRIVE: Laying tram lines near the corner of Mount Eden Road and New North Road, Eden Terrace in 1908 (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 7-A4972)

TRAMS ARRIVE: Laying tram lines near the corner of Mount Eden Road and New North Road, Eden Terrace in 1908 (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 7-A4972)

Around the same time an infrastructure was established to support that community, evidenced by the appearance of churches, hotels, schools, banks, a post office, fire station, halls and other public buildings.

Large properties bought in the early decades were subdivided for suburban development. The slopes of Newton, during the latter part of the nineteenth century, were an intensely developed small suburb of wooden houses. Situated between the retail areas of Karangahape Road and Symonds Street, Newton was a fairly densely populated area, mainly of a working class nature with many boarding houses.

1925: Looking along Upper Symonds Street, showing trams and a bus running past the premises of Sanford Fish Mart (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R27)

1925: Looking along Upper Symonds Street, showing trams and a bus running past the premises of Sanford Fish Mart (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R27)


Motorway arrives, houses go

Until the construction of the motorway system in the 1960s, the gully area was the location of several primary and intermediate level schools and about six churches.

In the 1950s, it was decided that Auckland needed a motorway, and the best path for it was right through Newton Gully.  

MOTORWAY PLAN: This model of the proposed motorway interchange over Newton Gully was being displayed in the late 1950s (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 580-3916)

SLUMS: Eden Terrace houses like this one in 1958 were labelled slums and earmarked for demolition (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 580-3161)

Older residential areas identified as developing into "slums" were removed to create a passage for the motorway.

After the motorway was cut through, much of the remaining housing stock was utilised for light industrial use and often rebuilt for factory and warehouse uses. 

PORTERS: Looking west along Porters Avenue in 1964 (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 580-9427)

PORTERS: Looking west along Porters Avenue in 1964 (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 580-9427)

AERIAL: Eden Terrace in 1968 (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZ Map 7302)

AERIAL: Eden Terrace in 1968 (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZ Map 7302)

Since the 1990s there has been a reverse trend of rebuilding in the area. The remnants of Newton soon turned from residential to commercial and the old houses were pulled down, replaced by commercial buildings. Other industrial buildings were converted for residential use including some turned into apartment blocks.

While the motorway may have eradicated the old residential, suburban Newton, a part of old Newton remains in the surviving villas, the street names and the old bluestone kerb stones. Slowly over the last fifteen years, people have started living in Newton again, especially in apartments and townhouses.

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