Baldwin Avenue station on the Western Line has been closed for the last six weeks or so while the station has been completely rebuilt. I took some photos of the “work in progress” back during the holidays. The official station opening is on Tuesday, so I went out there today to see how things look: There’s nothing particularly special about the design of the station – it’s pretty stock standard. However, it’s good to see another of Auckland’s train stations being brought up to scratch. Mt Albert station is pretty much the only one on the Western Line that remains in exceedingly poor condition. The signage is pretty clear about where the different platforms are. I hope that there’s room to put in real-time arrival time clocks in the relatively near future. Baldwin Ave used to be a really weird station, with the platforms quite “off-set” from each other. I think it’s actually potentially quite an important station, because it sits in the middle of a residential area that’s actually extremely difficult to serve with buses – because there is just a maze of little streets and no arterials aside from New North Road and Carrington Road at the edge of the area. It also has good access to Mt Albert Grammar School – and certainly it seems a lot of school kids use the station.