North Melbourne railway station
Main street entry to the station
|Station status||Premium Station|
|Website||Link, includes timetables|
North Melbourne railway station located on the northern edge of the central business district of Melbourne, Australia. The station is the point through which pass the west and north-west bound Craigieburn, Flemington Racecourse, Sunbury, Upfield, Werribee and Williamstown suburban railway lines, as well as an interchange point with the Victorian regional network. The station is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
Located in West Melbourne, the main station entrance is at the south end of the platforms at the intersection of Adderley and Dryburgh Streets. This building contains the main booking office, public toilets and a kiosk, with platform access via escalators and lifts. From the north end brick ramps links the platforms, and platforms 2 through 6 have heritage listed verandas and brick waiting rooms.
At the north end of the station are 1970s era brown brick buildings built over the former Dynon Road overpass, which contains public toilets and a former railway parcels office. Until November 2009 this building also housed the main exit to Ireland Street and Railway Place, along with the booking office and kiosk, until they were moved to the current concourse at the south end. The north end also has exit leading west to the Melbourne Yard rail freight terminal, which is not open to public access.
The first railway through the site of North Melbourne station was today's Williamstown line and the first section of the Melbourne, Mount Alexander and Murray River Railway Company line (to Sunbury), both opened on 13 January 1859. The first passenger station with two platforms was opened on 6 December 1859, and the present six platform station was opened on 9 June 1886.
The new station was of free classical architecture, with red brick was used with cream brick banding, along with verandas and cast iron lace work. As built in 1886 North Melbourne had six platforms, with four platform buildings containing ladies toilets and a ladies waiting room. The main booking office, waiting room, and station masters office was located near the ramp to platform 1, and men's toilets and porters offices were located under the ramps themselves. The bridge over the railway line at the down end was originally a road bridge.
The suburban train stabling yard near the station was opened in December 1973 as part of the City Loop project. The washing plant and additional sidings in Melbourne Yard were made operational in May 1995, as part of the Jolimont Yard rationalisation.
The station buildings on the northern concourse were constructed in 1974, and in the 1980s as part of the construction works for the City Loop the ramps to platform 1 and 2 were altered, and the platform extended to the north. The station was upgraded to a Premium Station on 19 July 1996.
On 15 May 2006, it was announced that the station is to be redeveloped as part of a $36 million project. Works include a new main entrance at the southern end of the station with new escalators, stairs and lifts installed for quicker access to other platforms and to help disabled passengers. Work started in May 2007 and completion was originally expected in 2010. To aid construction and avoid disruption to train passengers a large temporary structure was erected over the tracks, to permit trains to continue running normally underneath while building work continued overhead.
In March 2008 the 401 shuttle bus service commenced operations from North Melbourne station to the Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of Melbourne in Carlton and Parkville, enabling commuters to avoid travelling though the city loop. It is the first bus route in Melbourne that requires pre-purchased Metcards.
The new southern concourse opened for interchange use only on 7 September 2009 with the new entry to the station (and closure of the old one to the north) occurring on 16 November.
Note: Trains are subject to depart from different platforms or run express through the station during peak hours.
- Upfield line - all stations services to Flinders Street.
- Craigieburn line - all stations services to Flinders Street.
- Seymour line - InterUrban services to Southern Cross.
- Shepparton line - InterCity services to Southern Cross.
- Craigieburn line - all stations and limited stops services to Craigieburn.
- Upfield line - all stations services to Upfield.
- Seymour line - InterUrban services to Seymour.
- Shepparton line - InterCity services to Shepparton.
- Sunbury line - all stations services to Flinders Street.
- Ballarat line - InterUrban services to Southern Cross.
- Bendigo line - InterUrban services to Southern Cross.
- Echuca line - InterCity services to Southern Cross.
- Swan Hill line - InterCity services to Southern Cross.
- Sunbury line - all stations and limited stops services to Sunbury
- Werribee line - all stations services to Werribee
- Ballarat line - InterUrban services to Ballarat
- Ararat line - InterCity services to Ararat.
- Bendigo line - InterUrban services to Bendigo
- Echuca line - InterCity services to Echuca.
- Swan Hill line - InterCity services to Swan Hill.
- Werribee line - all stations services to Flinders Street.
- Williamstown line - all stations services to Flinders Street.
- Flemington Racecourse line - all stations services to Flinders Street.
- Geelong line - InterUrban services to Southern Cross
- Warrnambool line - InterCity services to Southern Cross
- Craigieburn line - all stations services to Craigieburn.
- Werribee line - all stations and limited stops services to Werribee.
- Williamstown line - all stations services to Williamstown.
- Geelong line - InterUrban services to Geelong.
- Warrnambool line - InterCity services to Warrnambool.
- Flemington Racecourse line - limited stops services to the Flemington Racecourse.
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- "New bus route from North Melbourne Station - via Royal Melbourne Hospital - to the University of Melbourne: from Monday, 3 March 2008 - Metlink - Your guide to public transport in Melbourne and Victoria". www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au. Retrieved 2008-05-21.