Bell railway station, Melbourne

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Bell
BellStation.jpg
Northbound view from Platform 2 in March 2007
LocationGarnet Street, Preston
Australia
Coordinates37°44′44″S 145°00′01″E / 37.7456°S 145.0003°E / -37.7456; 145.0003Coordinates: 37°44′44″S 145°00′01″E / 37.7456°S 145.0003°E / -37.7456; 145.0003
Owned byVicTrack
Operated byMetro Trains
Line(s)Mernda
Distance11.70 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms2 side
Tracks2
ConnectionsBus
Construction
Structure typeGround
Parking75
Bicycle facilities6
Disabled accessYes
Other information
StatusPremium station
Station codeBEL
Fare zoneMyki zone 1
WebsitePublic Transport Victoria
History
Opened8 October 1889
ElectrifiedYes
Previous namesPreston-Bell Street
Services
Preceding station   Metro Trains   Following station
Mernda line
towards Mernda

Bell railway station is located on the Mernda line in Victoria, Australia. It is located adjacent to the Bell Street level crossing, and serves the north-eastern Melbourne suburb of Preston. The station opened on 8 October 1889 as Preston-Bell Street, being renamed Bell on 1 August 1905.[1]

A signal box is located on Platform 1, which controls crossovers, located at both ends of the station.

The station once had a goods yard, which was removed in 1986, leaving only a siding at the Up end of the station.[2]

On 17 April 1988, the double line block system between Bell and Reservoir was abolished, and replaced with automatic three position signalling.[3] Pedestrian gates were also provided at the Bell Street level crossing during April 1988, in lieu with the road boom barriers.[3]

On 25 August 2008, Bell was upgraded to a premium station.[4]

In January 2016, it was announced, by the Level Crossing Removal Authority, that the Bell Street level crossing will be removed by grade separation, with the road either going over or under.[5][6]

Platforms & services[edit]

Bell has two side platforms. It is serviced by Metro Trains' Mernda line services.[7]

Platform 1:

Platform 2:

Transport links[edit]

Dyson's Bus Services operates three routes via Bell station:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Preston Vicsig
  2. ^ "General News". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. July 1986. p. 213.
  3. ^ a b "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. July 1988. p. 220.
  4. ^ "Bell Station Becomes a Premium Stop for Commuters". Media Release: Premier of Victoria, Australia. premier.vic.gov.au. 25 August 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  5. ^ End of the line for older Melbourne stations being torn down and rebuilt - The Age
  6. ^ Bell Street, Preston - Level Crossing Removal Authority
  7. ^ "Mernda Line". Public Transport Victoria.
  8. ^ "513 Eltham - Glenroy via Greensborough or Lower Plenty". Public Transport Victoria.
  9. ^ "552 North East Reservoir - Northcote Plaza via High Street". Public Transport Victoria.
  10. ^ "553 Preston - West Preston via Reservoir". Public Transport Victoria.

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