City Circle tram

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Route 35
City Circle
Icon for route 35.
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W6 1000 turning from Nicholson St into Victoria Pde on the City Circle, 2013
W6 class tram turning from Nicholson Street into Victoria Parade in April 2013
Overview
SystemMelbourne tramway network
OperatorYarra Trams
DepotSouthbank
VehicleW class
Began service29 April 1994
Route
LocaleMelbourne, Australia
Service
Journey time55 minutes
OperatesDaily
Zone(s)Free Tram Zone
TimetableCity Circle timetable
MapCity Circle map
Route map

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The City Circle (also known as City Circle tourist tram) is a zero-fare tram running around the Melbourne City Centre in Australia. Aimed mainly at tourists, the route passes many Melbourne attractions while running along the city centre's outermost thoroughfares, as well as the developing Docklands waterfront precinct. It operates in both clockwise and anti-clockwise direction.

History[edit]

City Circle trams on La Trobe Street in August 2007

The tram route was introduced on 29 April 1994,[1][2] requiring a small track extension along Spring Street, between Collins and Flinders Streets, to enable a complete CBD loop to be formed.[3][4] The Federal Government's Building Better Cities program funded the $6.4 million capital cost of the track expansion, while the State Government funded the running costs.[5]

Until January 2003 the western leg of the original route of the tram was down Spencer Street, but the route was then extended west to run through Docklands.[6][7] The travel time around the circle before this change was 40 minutes.[8]

During early 2006, new Passenger Information Displays were installed along with Digital Voice Announcements.

In April 2008, the service adopted the daylight saving timetable on a permanent basis, operating from 10:00 to 21:00 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The end of service at other times is 18:00.[9]

On 30 May 2009, the route was altered for a second time, being extended from Harbour Esplanade to the NewQuay and Waterfront City precincts via Docklands Drive. This made the route an elongated 'q'.[10]

Route[edit]

Interior of a W class tram in City Circle service
W class tram on Flinders Street in August 2008

The route of the City Circle trams roughly follows the outer edges of the Hoddle Grid, with three diversions. It takes in all of La Trobe Street, Harbour Esplanade and Flinders Street. It follows Spring Street between Flinders and Bourke Streets, but travels along Nicholson Street and Victoria Street before turning into La Trobe Street. At the junction of Harbour Esplanade and Latrobe Street trams turn off the loop to run to and from a terminus towards the end of Docklands Drive, Waterfront City Docklands.

Operation[edit]

The City Circle route is operated by heritage W class trams liveried in burgundy with gold trim, however rolling stock shortages often see Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board liveried traditional green liveried W Class trams on the service. Trams display the route number 35.[11][12] The City Circle operates at a headway of 12 minutes in both directions, with the service taking approximately 60 minutes to complete a loop.[13] Ten trams are allocated to the service at any one time (five in each direction). An average of three million passengers uses the service every year, with each tram circling the city 9 times a day, or 12 times when the tram operates to 21:00.[9]

Route map[edit]

City Circle Tram
City Circle
via Docklands, La Trobe Street, Flinders Street
Free Tram Zone covers entire route.
Suburb
Street
Stop
No.
Waterfront City Docklands
Connections
Docklands
Docklands Drive
D11
The District
Tram interchange 70, 86
D10
NewQuay
Footscray Road Siding
 
Harbour Esplanade
D2
Central Pier
Tram interchange 30, 75
Harbour Esplanade
Tram 70, 75
 
 Left arrow Flinders Street
 
La Trobe Street
D1
Etihad Stadium
La Trobe Street Bridge
Melbourne
La Trobe Street
119
Spencer Street
Spencer Street
Tram 86
 
 Left arrow Bourke Street
1
Spencer Street
2
King Street
William Street
Tram 58
West Coburg Right arrow
 Left arrow Domain/Toorak
Mainline rail interchange Melbourne Central Station
3
Flagstaff Station
4
Queen Street
Elizabeth Street
Tram 19, 57, 59
Haymarket Right arrow
 Left arrow Flinders Street
5
Melbourne Central Station
Tram interchange 19, 57, 59
Mainline rail interchange Flagstaff Station
Swanston Street
Tram 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72
Melbourne University Right arrow
 Left arrow Arts Centre/Domain
6
Melbourne Central Station
Tram interchange 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72
7
Russell Street
8
Exhibition Street
9
Victoria Street
La Trobe Street
Nicholson Street
Tram 30
Tram 86, 96
 
Nicholson Street
11
Victoria Parade
Bus interchange Victoria Pde
10
Parliament Station
Mainline rail interchange Parliament Station
Bourke Street
Tram 86, 96
 
 Left arrowBourke Street Mall
 
Spring Street
CC
Bourke Street
Tram interchange 86, 96
Collins Street
Tram 11, 12, 48, 109
St Vincents Plaza Right arrow
 Left arrow Southern Cross Station
Wellington Parade
Tram 48, 75
 
 North Balwyn/Vermont South Right arrow
 
Flinders Street
8
Spring Street
Batman Avenue
Tram 70
 
 Wattle Park Right arrow
6
Russell Street
Tram interchange 70 Bus interchange 605
Swanston Street
Tram 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72
Domain/St. Kilda Road Right arrow
 Left arrow Melbourne University
5
Flinders Street Station
Tram interchange 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72
Mainline rail interchange Flinders Street Station
Elizabeth Street
Tram 19, 57, 59
 
 Left arrow Haymarket/North Melbourne
4
Flinders Street Station
Tram interchange 19, 57, 59
3
Market Street
Tram interchange 58; Bus interchange Queens St Buses
Market Street
Tram 58
Southbank/Domain Right arrow
 Left arrow Royal Park/West Coburg
2
King Street
1
Spencer Street
Tram interchange 12, 96, 109
Spencer Street
Tram 12, 96, 109
Clarendon St Junction Right arrow
 Left arrow Collins/Bourke Street
Flinders Street Viaduct
Docklands
Flinders Street
D6
Flinders Street West
Bus interchange 232, 235, 237
 
McCrae Street
D5
The Goods Shed
 
Harbour Esplanade
D4
Docklands Park
Collins Street
Tram 11, 48
St Vincents Plaza Right arrow
 Left arrow Victoria Harbour
D3
Etihad Stadium/Bourke Street Docklands
La Trobe Street
Tram 30, 86
 
 Left arrow La Trobe/Bourke Street
D2
Central Pier
Footscray Road Siding
 
Docklands Drive
D10
NewQuay
D11
The District
Tram interchange 70, 86
Suburb
Street
Stop
No.
Waterfront City Docklands
Connections

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City Circle Opens" Trolley Wire issue 258 August 1994 pages 16-22
  2. ^ "Public transport - City Loop history". www.doi.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2008-08-06.
  3. ^ "Melbourne Track and Overhead Work" Trolley Wire issue 256 February 1994 page 26
  4. ^ Lyndsay Neilson. "Getting implementation going". The Building Better Cities program 1991-96: a nation-building initiative of the Commonwealth Government. epress.anu.edu.au. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  5. ^ Lyndsay Neilson. "Appendix 1: Funding Allocation, Victorian Area Strategies". The ‘Building Better Cities’ program 1991-96: a nation-building initiative of the Commonwealth Government. epress.anu.edu.au. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
  6. ^ "City Circle trams route change" Trolley Wire issue 292 February 2003 page 27
  7. ^ History of Melbourne Trams Routes from 1950 to 2009 Yarra Trams
  8. ^ "City Circle Tram Extended to Melbourne's Waterfront at Docklands". Minister for Major Projects, Minister for Public Transport. 23 January 2003. Retrieved 2008-08-06.
  9. ^ a b "City Circle Tram to Run When the Sun goes Down". Premier of Victoria. 6 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-06.
  10. ^ Yarra Trams (2009-05-01). "Media Release: Popular City Circle tram extended to Docklands Drive". www.yarratrams.com.au. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  11. ^ "Melbourne - Trams" Trolley Wire issue 257 May 1994 page 8
  12. ^ "Tram 35 (City Circle)". Metlink. Retrieved 2008-08-06.
  13. ^ "City Circle (Free Tourist Tram)". Metlink. Retrieved 2008-08-06.

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