"Andheri" (station code: "A" (Western)/"AD" (Harbour)/"ADH" (Indian Railways)) is a passenger rail station located at Andheri suburb of Mumbai. It serves the Western line (Mumbai Suburban Railway) and Harbour line (Mumbai Suburban Railway)s of the Mumbai Suburban Railway. It is also a stop for some express trains and August Kranti Rajdhani Express. The station also inter-connects the Line 1 (Mumbai Metro) of the Andheri metro station. Andheri station first came under prominence after the development of Salsette-Trombay Railway services in 1928 by the British Raj during the pre-independence period. In 2014, the station, along with Jogeshwari railway station and Goregaon railway station stations, was re-developed and expanded with the expenditure of . In addition, the station has two bus stations operating more than 30 bus routes.
The Indian Railways was first established by British Raj in 1853 and it connected its first railway service between Bombay (now Mumbai) and Thane. In 1928, the British Empire connected Andheri station with Trombay by the Great Indian Peninsular Railway under the Bombay Improvement Trust as "Salsette-Trombay Railway line" with a view for the opening up of a railway line running West to South-east and linking up Andheri and Kurla railway station. However, in 1934 the line had shut down due to the development of RAF Santacruz.
In February 2014, It was proposed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority to integrate the Andheri metro station with the suburban station with the development of the skywalk and the same was proposed for the Ghatkopar metro station.
After the establishment of Mumbai Metro services In June 2014, a skywalk of has been developed by the MMRDA for the passengers traveling from local station to the metro station. The skywalk has been built opposite to the auto-rickshaw terminal of the station with an expenditure of .
The Harbour line of the Andheri station towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Panvel railway station serves a total number of 36 trains per day. The development of the Harbour line extension till Goregaon station has been announced under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project scheme in 2011. However, in 2014 the development of the project had been stopped due to a stretch, which was used by the railways for laying of tracks between Andheri and Goregaon stations.
The station was renovated in early 2015 with the establishment of automated escalators and new Ticket machine (ATVM) for the ease of booking tickets to the daily passengers. According to the statistics of April 2014 to January 2015, the number of passengers using vending machines was 6,933, whereas in April 2015 to January 2016, it had the higher number of bookings with a total number of 18,316 passengers. Due to the increasing number of passengers travelling on the rooftop of the train coaches, Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) electrified the train coaches rooftops containing 25,000 volts.
The station has total number of nine platforms, with platform number 1 and 2 serving the Harbour line. Further, the Harbour lines now serves a 12-coach train services. In 2012, it was proposed by the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation that the Harbour line trains may get an extension of 12-coaches for the ease of passengers boarding daily from the Western lines.
In February 2016, it was reported that the main road of the eastern zone of the station will be re-constructed in according for development of a long delayed elevated auto-rickshaw terminal. The Bombay High Court had ordered to evict the stalls blocking the road. Counsel Anil Sakhare had stated to the court that the stall vendors blocked the construction and infrastructure development and most of the vendors opposed the eviction notice given to them. The work was originally started in 2011 and was to complete on December 2013 but as the corporation was unable to evict the stalls, the work was kept on hold. However, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had removed the stalls from the road and the construction for the terminal had been started. It has a two-lane terminal measuring the height of and a width of which connects the Andheri-Kurla road. Under the second phase of MUTP, three escalators and 2 lifts will be installed.
Andheri is the busiest station on the Western Railway network. Over 99.6 million passengers' journeys originated at the station during the 2016-17 fiscal year. During the same period, the station sold worth of tickets (or 9% of all tickets sold on the Western Line) and 890,000 season passes, earning WR a total revenue of . An average of 66,152 tickets and 2,441 season passes were sold at the station daily, and an average of 256,561 passengers began their journeys at Andheri per day contributing of average daily revenue.
The station consists of a long auto-rickshaw terminal at the eastern zone of Andheri. It has been built between the northern and middle foot-over bridges of the station and its connected to the northern bridge and continues down a road to the MV Road. In addition, the auto-rickshaw services are used for the passengers crossing through the Nityanand Road from the northern bridge to get down the road at the eastern bridge of the station. However, the designed structure was used for commuters serving as the only foot-over bridge for the metro station as the terminal was kept unused.
The Oshiwara depot serves as a major hub and transfer point for Andheri bus routes serving the western area. All routes pull into the station's busway off Versova, Mumbai bus station, though some can be caught at Goregaon via the station's bus depot entrance as well. The eastern area is connected by buses between Agarkar Chowk Depot and Majas Depot, Ghatkopar Depot, Kurla Depot and Mulund Depot. But due to the increment of the Mumbai Metro service fare rates, the Ghatkopar-Andheri bus services proved to be a beneficial deal for the passengers.