Flagstaff railway station

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Commuter rail station
Flagstaff Station Platform 4 2017.jpg
Flagstaff railway station Platform 4 (2017)
LocationLa Trobe Street, Melbourne
Coordinates37°48′43″S 144°57′22″E / 37.81194°S 144.95611°E / -37.81194; 144.95611Coordinates: 37°48′43″S 144°57′22″E / 37.81194°S 144.95611°E / -37.81194; 144.95611
Owned byVicTrack
Operated byMetro
Line(s)Alamein (weekday pre-peak and post-peak only)
Frankston (weekday peaks and weekends only)
Glen Waverley
Sandringham (weekends only)
Werribee (weekends only)
Platforms4 (2 island)
Structure typeUnderground
Depth32 m[1]
Platform levels2
Disabled accessYes
Other information
StatusPremium station
Station codeFGS
Fare zone1
WebsitePublic Transport Victoria
Opened27 May 1985
Passengers (2008-2009)4.188 million[2]
Passengers (2009-2010)4.364 million[2]Increase 4.21%
Passengers (2010-2011)4.554 million[2]Increase 4.34%
Passengers (2011-2012)4.982 million[2]Increase 9.41%
Passengers (2012-2013)Not measured[2]
Passengers (2013-2014)4.581 million[2]Decrease 8.04%
Passengers (2014-2015)Not measured[3]
Passengers (2015-2016)4.38 million[3]Decrease 4.31%
Passengers (2016-2017)4.65 million[3]Increase 5.97%
Passengers (2017-2018)4.75 million[3]Increase 2.21%
Preceding station Metro Trains Following station
Direction of travel on metropolitan lines between stations on the City Loop changes to either Southern Cross or Melbourne Central depending on the line and time of day.
Southern Cross
One-way operation
Mernda line Melbourne Central
towards Mernda
Hurstbridge line Melbourne Central
towards Hurstbridge
Southern Cross Lilydale line Melbourne Central
towards Lilydale
Belgrave line Melbourne Central
towards Belgrave
Alamein line Melbourne Central
towards Alamein
Glen Waverley line Melbourne Central
Pakenham line Melbourne Central
towards Pakenham
Cranbourne line Melbourne Central
towards Cranbourne
Frankston line Melbourne Central
towards Frankston
Sandringham line Melbourne Central
One-way operation
North Melbourne
towards Upfield
Upfield line Melbourne Central
North Melbourne
towards Craigieburn
Craigieburn line
North Melbourne
towards Sunbury
Sunbury line
North Melbourne
One-way operation
Werribee line
Customers for the Williamstown line must change at Southern Cross (weekday mornings), North Melbourne (weekday afternoons) or Newport (weekends).
Station concourse in 2017
Escalator to Platform 3 and 4
Station Entrance

Flagstaff railway station is an underground station on the metro network in Melbourne, Australia. It is one of five stations (and one of three underground) on the City Loop, which encircles the Melbourne CBD. The station takes its name from the nearby Flagstaff Hill, a significant site in Melbourne's early history, and services Melbourne's legal district. It runs under La Trobe and William Streets, near the north western corner of the CBD.

In 2017/18, it was the sixth busiest station on Melbourne's metropolitan network, with 4.75 million passenger movements.[3] Flagstaff station commenced opening on weekends and public holidays from 1 January 2016[4][5] – it was previously the only station in Melbourne to be closed on weekends and public holidays due to its proximity to business-related buildings such as the Commonwealth Law Complex, banks and major office buildings.


The station was constructed by mining methods, and has four levels to a maximum depth of 32 metres. The site was a geological "sandwich" of basalt in the arch area, Silurian mudstone bedrock in the lower half, and silt in the middle, which precluded the construction of lower and upper platforms as separately driven tunnels.[6]

Instead, the station platforms consist of two chambers linked by cross tunnels, each having two platforms on top of each other. The side of each chamber was made up of two drift tunnels, one at the top and one at the bottom. These were then linked together by 228 vertically raise bored shafts, 1 metre in diameter and 3 metres apart. The shafts and drifts were then filled with concrete, and formed the side skeleton of the station chambers. The arch of each chamber was then constructed underground across the top of the two side walls, the material below the arch excavated down to the bottom of the side walls, and temporary cross struts added between the raise bored columns until the permanent elements were added. This innovative method resulted in a $1 million saving in construction costs (in 1975 dollars).[7]

Flagstaff was the last station on the loop to open. Although trains had run through the station site since 24 January 1981 when the City Loop began operating, Flagstaff only opened to passengers on 27 May 1985.[8] Initially, the City Loop did not operate at all on Sundays. That was changed with the introduction of Sunday trading, but at the same time that the other two underground loop stations opened on Sundays, Flagstaff station had its Saturday services cancelled.[9]

In May 2017, CDC Melbourne operates one route 605 to Gardenvale from Flagstaff Station.

In 2025, the Pakenham, Cranbourne and Sunbury railway lines will cease to stop at Flagstaff Station when the Metro Tunnel is due to open.


The station is located under the intersection of La Trobe Street and William Streets and has two entrances - via lift or escalator south of La Trobe Street, and by stairs on the north. Flagstaff has three underground levels. The concourse level has a ticket office, ticket operated gates, toilets, a news stand and a hot snack shop. Flagstaff's four platforms are on the two levels below, with each level having an island platform. The levels are linked by elevators, 14 escalators and stairs.[7] The four platforms serve a separate group of rail lines that leave the loop and radiate out into the city's suburbs.

Weekend opening campaign[edit]

In October 2012 it was revealed that traders and residents in the north-west area of the Melbourne CBD had begun a campaign to have Flagstaff station opened on weekends, arguing that its closure had a deadening effect on the life of the area. A petition calling for the station's weekend opening, only collected about 150 signatures in the first week.[9]

With a number of residential developments having been built, the station was scheduled to open on weekends from June 2015, with both political parties having committed to this in the 2014 State Government Election.[10] This was however deferred until January 2016.[4][5]

Transport Links[edit]

Between and Stop location
30 St. Vincent's Plaza Etihad Stadium La Trobe Street
35 The District Docklands SC The District Docklands SC La Trobe Street
58 West Coburg Toorak William Street

Platforms & services[edit]

Platform 1 - Clifton Hill Group:

Platform 2 - Caulfield Group:

Platform 3 - Northern Group:

Platform 4 - Burnley Group:


  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20050718073039/http://www.doi.vic.gov.au/doi/doielect.nsf/2a6bd98dee287482ca256915001cff0c/44507f9d12a4406cca25700c0012fe36/$FILE/MURL%20booklet.pdf
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Train Station Patronage FY2008-2014". Public Transport Victoria. 14 May 2015. Archived from the original (XLS) on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016. (access from [1] Archived 3 November 2016 at the Wayback Machine)
  3. ^ a b c d e "Station Patronage Data 2013-2018". Philip Mallis. Transport for Victoria. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b Gough, Deborah; Dmytryshchak, Goya (28 November 2015). "Countdown to Flagstaff Station opening on weekends". Fairfax Media. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Flagstaff Station to open on weekends in under a month". Public Transport Development Authority (Public Transport Victoria). 8 December 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  6. ^ "The Melbourne Underground Railway Loop". Technology in Australia 1788-1988. www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au. p. 383. Retrieved 20 July 2008.
  7. ^ a b History of Melbourne's Underground Rail System Metropolitan Transport Authority
  8. ^ Department of Infrastructure. "Public transport - City Loop history". www.doi.vic.gov.au. Archived from the original on 20 May 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2008.
  9. ^ a b Carey, Adam (23 October 2012). "Push for Flagstaff to open 7 days". The Age. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Flagstaff station to open on weekends" Railway Digest November 2014 page 24

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