Melbourne tram route 55
||It has been suggested that Melbourne tram route 68 be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since December 2013.|
|West Coburg to Domain Interchange|
B2 2092 in Market St on route 55, 2013.
|System||Melbourne tramway network|
|Vehicle||Z3 class, B2 class|
|Via||Pascoe Vale South
Melbourne CBD (William St)
|Length||12.5 km (7.8 mi)|
|Zone(s)||Zone 1 for the entire route|
|Annual patronage||6.8 million|
|Timetable||Route 55 timetable|
|Map||Route 55 map|
Tram route 55 is a public transport service in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The route runs between from the intersection of Bell Street and Melville Road in Pascoe Vale South and Domain Interchange (at the intersection of Domain Road and St Kilda Road) in Melbourne. The route is officially referred to as West Coburg - Domain Interchange.
Between 1971 and 2005 route 55 did not operate via William Street to the Domain Interchange on Sundays - the alternate route 68 service was provided via Elizabeth Street to Flinders Street Station.
During the 2006 Commonwealth Games the route was merged with route 5 to Malvern to alleviate congestion along St Kilda Road. The temporary through routing was useful in helping daily commuters utilise train stations at the city's west end, namely Flagstaff station. At Domain Interchange, a junction was instated. This set of switches has since been disabled after the demerger. The route 55 has since terminated at the original terminus of Domain Interchange.
The route runs along Melville Road from the Bell Street intersection, then Dawson Street, Grantham Street, through to Royal Park along a scenic track passing the Royal Park Golf Course and the Melbourne Zoo, coming out at Flemington Road where it intersects Abbotsford Street, then it travels along Peel Street, William Street, Flinders Lane, Market Street, Queens Bridge, Queensbridge Street, Kings Way and finally Park Street before terminating at the Domain Road interchange.
This tram route is notable for its windiness and the traverse through Royal Park for some distance. The route also includes passes the State Netball and Hockey Centre and the Melbourne Zoo with an occasional peek at the elephant's shed.
- "Route 55", Yarra Trams, retrieved 12 June 2013
- "Facts & figures". Yarra Trams. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
- Hugh Waldron (16/10/2009). "History of Melbourne tram route numbers (1950-2009)". Yarra Trams. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
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