Melbourne tram route 55

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Route 55
West Coburg to Domain Interchange
B2 2092 in Market St on route 55, 2013.
B2 2092 in Market St on route 55, 2013.
Overview
System Melbourne tramway network
Operator Yarra Trams
Depot Essendon[1]
Vehicle Z3 class, B2 class
Route
Locale Melbourne, Australia
Start West Coburg
Via Pascoe Vale South
Brunswick West
Parkville
North Melbourne
West Melbourne
Melbourne CBD (William St)
Southbank
Sorth Melbourne
End Domain Interchange
Length 12.5 km (7.8 mi)[1]
Zone(s) Zone 1 for the entire route
Annual patronage 6.8 million[2]
Timetable Route 55 timetable
Map Route 55 map
Route 48 ←   → Route 57

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.

Like most Melbourne tram routes, route 55 is entirely within myki Zone 1. Tram services are operated by Yarra Trams.

History[edit]

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.[3]

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 and removed after the demerger. The route 55 has since terminated at the original terminus of Domain Interchange.

Route[edit]

Description[edit]

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.

Schematic map[edit]

Route 55
West Coburg Bus Routes 513, 527, 903 Stop 45
Brearley Pde 44
Princes Tce 43
Reynard St Bus Route 512 42
Lever St 41
Moreland Rd Bus Route 510 40
Brunswick West
Mattingley Cr 39
Jacobs Reserve 38
Albion St Bus Route 503 37
Hope St 36
Victoria St Bus Route 508 35
Smith St Bus Route 506 34
Daly St 33
Foden St 32
Grantham St Bus Route 506 31
Union Square Shopping Centre 30
Brunswick Rd Bus Route504 29
Parkville
Park St 28
Royal Park Station Royal Park Station 26
Melbourne Zoo 25
State Netball Hockey Centre 24
Macarthur Rd 23
Royal Park 22
Royal Children's Hospital Tram Routes 57, 59 19
North Melbourne
Gatehouse St 16
Park Dr 15
Royal Melbourne Hospital Tram Route 59 Bus Routes 401, 402 14
Flemington Rd Tram Routes 19, 59 12
Queensberry St 11
West Melbourne
Victoria St Tram Route 57 10
Queen Victoria Market 9
Franklin St Bus Routes 220, 232, 546 8
Melbourne
La Trobe St Flagstaff Station 7
Lonsdale St Bus Routes 216, 219, 305, 318, 905, 906, 907, 908 6
Bourke St Tram Routes 86, 95, 96 5
Collins St Tram Routes 11, 31, 48, 109, 112 4
Flinders La 3
Market St 2
Flinders St Tram Routes 70, 75, City Circle Bus Routes 216, 219, 220, 235, 237, 238, 250, 251, 253 1
Southbank
Casino East Bus Route 302 112
Power St 112A
South Melbourne
City Rd Bus Routes 250, 251, 253 113
City Rd Bus Routes 250, 251, 253 114
York St 115
Sturt St Tram Route 1 116
Park St 118
St Kilda Rd Domain Interchange bound trams only 119
Domain Interchange Tram Routes 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72 Bus Routes 216, 219, 220 20

Operation[edit]

It is operated by Z3 class trams, with some B2 class trams also operating during peak times.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Route 55, Yarra Trams, retrieved 12 June 2013 
  2. ^ "Facts & figures". Yarra Trams. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Hugh Waldron (2009-10-16). "History of Melbourne tram route numbers (1950-2009)". Yarra Trams. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 

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