Box Hill railway station, Melbourne

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Box Hill
Box Hill Entrance Jul 2016.jpg
Entrance from Box Hill Central Shopping Centre in July 2016
LocationStation Street, Box Hill
Coordinates37°49′09″S 145°07′17″E / 37.8192°S 145.1214°E / -37.8192; 145.1214Coordinates: 37°49′09″S 145°07′17″E / 37.8192°S 145.1214°E / -37.8192; 145.1214
Owned byVicTrack
Operated byMetro
Distance16.16 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms4 (1 island, 2 side)
Structure typeBuilt over
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
StatusPremium Station
Station codeBOX
Fare zoneMyki Zone 2
WebsitePublic Transport Victoria
Opened1 December 1882
Passengers (2008-2009)3.025 million[1]
Passengers (2009-2010)3.161 million[1]Increase 4.5%
Passengers (2010-2011)3.160 million[1]Decrease 0.03%
Passengers (2011-2012)2.743 million[1]Decrease 13.2%
Passengers (2012-2013)Not measured[1]
Passengers (2013-2014)3.254 million[1]Increase 18.63%
Preceding station   Metro Trains   Following station
Lilydale line
towards Lilydale
Belgrave line
towards Belgrave

Box Hill railway station is located on the Lilydale and Belgrave lines, in Victoria, Australia. It serves the eastern Melbourne suburb of Box Hill, and opened on 1 December 1882.[2] It is located beneath the Box Hill Central Shopping Centre. In 2013/14, it was the 10th busiest station in Melbourne's metropolitan network, as well as being the busiest non-interchange station outside of Melbourne's CBD, with 3.254 million passenger movements.[3]

In 1882, Box Hill was a separate town, with several hundred residents. In 1895, a large market was opened next to the station. On 19 December 1922, the section from Flinders Street to Box Hill was electrified, and this was continued to Ringwood the following month.

Goods services at Box Hill ceased on 29 December 1976.[4]

In 1979 the station was one of three used as trial sites for new bike lockers under the Melbourne Bicycle Strategy, either for occasional, monthly or quarterly hire.[5]

In early 1983, the current station was built, to eliminate the level crossing at Station Street. Box Hill Central Shopping Centre and the bus terminal above it were built over the top of the station, with the complex eventually completed by 1985. Platform 1 was used between 24 April 1983 and 9 June 1984, while the current station was being built, and has been retained for possible future use. The platform has no track or lighting, with a McDonald's Restaurant since built over the ramp from the station concourse.

It was upgraded to a Premium station in 1996.[6]

During January 2007, the line was closed between Box Hill and Blackburn, to facilitate grade separation works at the Middleborough Road level crossing, near Laburnum. Buses operated between the two stations for the duration, and to cater for this, a temporary bus interchange was constructed at Box Hill. The interchange was built directly on top of the tracks, which had been paved between the rails, to the east of the station, and was connected to Platforms 2 and 3, via a raised walkway.[7] With the completion of the project's major works at the end of January 2007, the bus interchange was removed.

East of the station, towards Lilydale and Belgrave, the three tracks merge into two.

Platforms & services[edit]

Box Hill has one island platform with two faces, and one side platform. It is serviced by Metro Trains' Lilydale and Belgrave line services.[8][9]

Platform 1:

  • Unused and has no track, with a McDonald's Restaurant built over its entrance.

Platform 2:

Platform 3:

Platform 4:

Bus services[edit]

A sheltered fourteen bay bus terminus is located two levels above the station, on the rooftop of Box Hill Central. The terminus serves 20 bus routes operated by Transdev Melbourne, Ventura Bus Lines and CDC Melbourne.

Buses from Box Hill Station:

Bay 1:

Bay 2:

Bay 3:

  • 271: Ringwood station via Park Orchards

Bay 4:

  • 279: Westfield Doncaster or Templestowe Shops via Middleborough Road
  • 284: Doncaster Park & Ride via Union Road

Bay 5:

Bay 6:

Bay 7:

Bay 8:

Bay 9:

Bay 10:

Bay 11:

Bay 13:

Bay 14:

Nightbus: (On Whitehorse Road)

Tram services[edit]

Yarra Trams operates one route to and from Box Hill:



  1. ^ a b c d e f "Train Station Patronage FY2008-2014" (XLS). Public Transport Victoria. 14 May 2015. Archived from the original on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016. (access from [1])
  2. ^ Mont Albert Vicsig
  3. ^ Station Patronage Research Public Transport Victoria
  4. ^ "Traffic". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. January 1977. p. 12.
  5. ^ Network, Railways of Australia, September 1979, Vol.16 No.7 p.28
  6. ^ "Upgrading Eltham to a Premium Station". Newsrail. Australian Railway Heistorical Society. October 1997. p. 310.
  7. ^ Middleborough Road project Vicsig
  8. ^ Lilydale Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
  9. ^ Belgrave Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
  10. ^ a b Route 903 Altona - Mordialloc timetable Archived 26 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Public Transport Victoria
  11. ^ Route 109 Box Hill - Port Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria

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