Brighton Beach railway station

Brighton Beach railway station is located on the Sandringham line in Victoria, Australia. It serves the south-eastern Melbourne suburb of Brighton, and it opened on 21 September 1861 as Beach. It was renamed Brighton Beach on 1 January 1867.[5]

Brighton Beach
PTV commuter rail station
Brighton Beach Station.jpg
Southbound view from Platform 3 in April 2014
General information
LocationSouth Road,
Brighton, Victoria 3186
City of Bayside
Australia
Coordinates37°55′35″S 144°59′21″E / 37.92639°S 144.98917°E / -37.92639; 144.98917Coordinates: 37°55′35″S 144°59′21″E / 37.92639°S 144.98917°E / -37.92639; 144.98917
Owned byVicTrack
Operated byMetro Trains
Line(s)Sandringham
Distance15.97 kilometres from
Southern Cross
Platforms3 (1 island, 1 side, 1 not in use)
Tracks5
ConnectionsBus
Construction
Structure typeGround
Parking187
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes—step free access
Other information
StatusOperational, Premium Station
Station codeBBH
Fare zoneMyki Zone 1/2 Overlap
WebsitePublic Transport Victoria
History
Opened21 December 1861; 161 years ago (1861-12-21)
ElectrifiedMay 1919 (1500 V DC overhead)
Previous namesBeach (1861-1867)
Passengers
2005-2006355,909[1]
2006-2007376,340[1]Increase 5.74%
2007-2008386,340[1]Increase 2.65%
2008-2009427,000[2]Increase 10.52%
2009-2010456,000[2]Increase 6.79%
2010-2011457,000[2]Increase 0.21%
2011-2012455,000[2]Decrease 0.43%
2012-2013Not measured[2]
2013-2014501,000[2]Increase 10.1%
2014-2015461,449[1]Decrease 7.89%
2015-2016497,688[3]Increase 7.85%
2016-2017468,601[3]Decrease 5.84%
2017-2018486,772[3]Increase 3.88%
2018-2019447,600[4]Decrease 8.05%
2019-2020345,550[4]Decrease 22.8%
2020-2021140,150[4]Decrease 59.4%
Services
Preceding station Railways in Melbourne Metro Trains Following station
Middle Brighton Sandringham line Hampton
towards Sandringham
Track layout
1
3
2
South Road
New Street

The famous Brighton Bathing Boxes are located a short walk from the station.

HistoryEdit

Brighton Beach station opened on 21 September 1861, when the line from North Brighton was extended.[5] It remained a terminus until 2 September 1887, when the line was extended to Sandringham.[5]

In 1968, boom barriers replaced interlocked gates at the South Road level crossing, located at the Down end of the station.[5] The signal box that was built in 1926 for the level crossing still remains, and is located between the Down end of Platform 2 and the level crossing.[6]

On 20 November 1995, Brighton Beach was upgraded to a Premium Station.[7]

Following a 2019 commitment by the Federal Government, the station was due to receive an upgraded commuter car park. However, this was scrapped by the same government in 2021.[8]

Platforms and servicesEdit

Brighton Beach consists of an island platform with two faces and a side platform, being the only station on the Sandringham line to have three platforms. There is a large brick building on Platforms 1 and 2 (island platform), housing an enclosed waiting area, ticket facilities and toilets. There are also ticket facilities at the Up (Flinders Street) end of the island platform, for customers accessing Brighton Beach via the footbridge. Platform 3 has a smaller brick building, with a waiting area, ticket facilities and a payphone. Being a Premium Station, Brighton Beach is staffed from first to last train each day.

In 2011, a fence was erected on Platform 2 to direct passengers to the front half of the train and discourage them from boarding the rear half, because of the large gap between the train and the platform due to the station being built on a sharp curve. Additionally, station staff are required to be in attendance on Platform 2 for all train services, to ensure passengers have boarded safely, because there have been cases of passengers falling into the gap between the train and the platform.

A stabling yard is located adjacent to Platform 1. The yard was originally used for stabling, but was converted to a siding for the VICERS project. In 2010, the stabling facilities were reinstated. Two trains are stored overnight, and operate two early-morning city-bound services originating from Middle Brighton.

The station is served by Sandringham line trains.[9]

Platform 1:

  • No trains alight or board passengers from Platform 1, as it is used as a siding for rail services, with the platform currently closed off to passengers. Turn-back facilities at Brighton Beach are planned to be reinstated to allow for the use of this platform again in order to increase the frequency of services along the line, due to the single platform terminus at Sandringham.[10]

Platform 2:

Platform 3:

Transport linksEdit

Kinetic Melbourne operates three routes via Brighton Beach station, under contract to Public Transport Victoria:

  •  600 : Westfield SouthlandSt Kilda station[11]
  •  603 : to The Alfred Hospital[12]
  •  923 : Westfield Southland – St Kilda station[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Estimated Annual Patronage by Network Segment Financial Year 2005-2006 to 2018-19 Department of Transport
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Train Station Patronage FY2008-2014". Public Transport Victoria. 14 May 2015. Archived from the original (XLS) on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016. (access from [1] Archived 3 November 2016 at the Wayback Machine)
  3. ^ a b c Station patronage in Victoria for 2013-2018 Philip Mallis
  4. ^ a b c Annual metropolitan train station patronage (station entries) Data Vic
  5. ^ a b c d "Brighton Beach". vicsig.net. Retrieved 21 January 2023.
  6. ^ Brighton Beach Signal Box Vicsig
  7. ^ "Upgrading Eltham to a Premium Station". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. October 1997. p. 303-315.
  8. ^ "Morrison government pulls $50m promised for station car parks". 17 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Sandringham Line". Public Transport Victoria.
  10. ^ Network Development Plan – Metropolitan Rail: December 2012 ptv.vic.gov.au
  11. ^ "600 Mildura City - Mildura Central SC". Public Transport Victoria.
  12. ^ "603 Brighton Beach - Alfred Hospital via Elsternwick Station". Public Transport Victoria.
  13. ^ "923 Southland SC - St Kilda Station". Public Transport Victoria.

Further readingEdit

"The Brighton Line in 1887" Gavan-Duffy, C.D. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin November 1960 pp174–179

External linksEdit