Richmond railway station, Melbourne

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Richmond
Richmond-station-platforms.jpg
Westbound view from Platform 6 in March 2008
Location Punt Road, Richmond
Coordinates 37°49′25″S 144°59′20″E / 37.82361°S 144.98889°E / -37.82361; 144.98889Coordinates: 37°49′25″S 144°59′20″E / 37.82361°S 144.98889°E / -37.82361; 144.98889
Owned by VicTrack
Operated by Metro
Line(s) Alamein
Belgrave
Cranbourne
Frankston
Glen Waverley
Lilydale
Pakenham
Sandringham
Distance 3.80 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms 10 (5 island)
Tracks 10
Connections Tram
Construction
Structure type Elevated
Other information
Status Premium station
Station code RMD
Fare zone Myki zone 1
Website Public Transport Victoria
History
Opened 12 December 1859
Electrified Yes
Services
Preceding station   Metro Trains   Following station
toward City Loop
Lilydale line
toward Lilydale
Belgrave line
toward Belgrave
Alamein line
toward Alamein
Glen Waverley line
Pakenham line
toward Pakenham
Cranbourne line
toward Cranbourne
Frankston line
toward Frankston
Sandringham line
toward Sandringham
Preceding station   V/Line   Following station
Gippsland line

Richmond railway station is located on the Alamein, Belgrave, Cranbourne, Frankston, Glen Waverley, Lilydale, Pakenham and Sandringham lines in Victoria, Australia. It serves the south-eastern Melbourne suburb of Richmond opening on 12 December 1859 as Swan Street, being renamed Richmond on 1 January 1867.[1]

Station overview[edit]

Facilities[edit]

Richmond station is built on an embankment immediately east of Punt Road with platforms extending west across the Punt Road railway bridge.

The station has ten platforms connected by three subways, and is the junction of all of Melbourne's eastern and south eastern rail lines, with trains on the Alamein, Belgrave, Cranbourne, Frankston, Glen Waverley, Lilydale, Pakenham and Sandringham lines serving the station.

Richmond station is located in Melbourne's sporting precinct. A special events entrance at the western end is opened during events at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Park and AAMI Park.

Tram route 70 runs past Richmond station along Swan Street. Punt Road underpasses directly under the station via a major interchange with Swan Street and Brunton Avenue.

History[edit]

Richmond station has been relocated and rebuilt four times. The first station in Punt Road was at ground level and opened on 8 February 1859. It closed the same year on 12 December 1859. On the same day the new station, also at ground level, opened in Swan Street. In 1885, an elevated station just north of Swan Street was opened with six platforms.

By the 1930s the station was struggling with the patronage, with the 1940 Ashworth Improvement Plan recommending that it be rebuilt but funding issues during World War II prevented it from happening.[2] The station had also deteriorated to the point that it was condemned by the local council, and so work begun in the 1950s on a replacement. Part of Operation Phoenix, the postwar rebuilding of Victorian Railways,[3] it was not until 26 March 1960 that the present station was completed. Located slightly west of the previous station, the bridges at each end of the station across Punt Road and Swan Street were also rebuilt to accommodate the ten tracks. For a period, platforms at both the old and new stations operated, before the original station finally closed and was demolished.

It was upgraded to a Premium station on 4 December 1996.[4]

Richmond station was the filming location for the opening scene of the 1992 Australian film Romper Stomper. In the film's story the location was named as Footscray station.

Platforms & services[edit]

Richmond has ten platforms.

Platform 1:

Platform 2:

Platform 3:

Platform 4:

Platform 5:

Platform 6:

Platform 7 & 8:

Platform 9 & 10:

Transport links[edit]

CDC Melbourne operates one route via Richmond station:

Transdev Melbourne operates one route via Richmond station:

Yarra Trams operates one route via Richmond station:

Schematic diagram of the station

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richmond Vicsig
  2. ^ Lee, Robert (2007). The Railways of Victoria 1854-2004. Melbourne University Publishing Ltd. p. 185. ISBN 978-0-522-85134-2. 
  3. ^ Public Relations and Betterment Board (1952). Phoenix Pauses. Victorian Railway Commissioners.  (VR publicity brochure)
  4. ^ "Upgrading Eltham to a Premium Station". Newsrail (Australian Railway Historical Society): page 310. October 1997. 
  5. ^ Route 605 Gardenvale - City timetable Public Transport Victoria
  6. ^ Route 246 Elsternwick - Clifton Hill/La Trobe University timetable Public Transport Victoria
  7. ^ Route 70 Waterfront City Docklands - Wattle Park timetable Public Transport Victoria

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