Footscray railway station
|Commuter and regional rail station|
Looking south from platform 6 in April 2010, with disused signal box on platform 5 in the foreground
|Location||Irving Street, Footscray|
|Operated by||Metro Trains|
|Distance||5.62 kilometres from Southern Cross|
|Platforms||6 (2 side, 2 island)|
|Website||Public Transport Victoria|
|Opened||17 January 1859|
It is also serviced by V/Line Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong services. In 2011/12 it was the sixth busiest station on Melbourne's metropolitan network, with 4.2 million passenger movements recorded.
A disused signal box is located on the island platform at the Flinders Street end of platform 5, and a pair of dual gauge tracks form the mainly freight only South Kensington-West Footscray line under the station, running in a cutting before entering the Bunbury Street tunnel, providing a rail link to the Port of Melbourne and other freight terminals, as well as access to Southern Cross for the NSW TrainLink XPT, The Overland, and V/Line Albury services.
On 17 January 1859 the railways arrived in Footscray when the new Williamstown line opened with trains running from Spencer Street in Melbourne to the important cargo port of Williamstown. This railway connected to the 18-month-old Geelong railway at the junction near where the current Newport station lies. The railway between Melbourne and Footscray, via the new station at North Melbourne, had been made possible with the construction of a railway bridge over the Maribyrnong River. The first station to open in Footscray opened on this line on the opening day of service; it was not, however, where the current Footscray station lies, but was situated on Napier Street.
Shortly afterwards, Footscray became a junction station when a second railway, branching at Footscray, was opened to Sunbury. By 1862 this railway had been extended to Sandhurst (later renamed Bendigo). Therefore, on 1 March 1859, less than two months after the first, Footscray's second railway station opened on Nicholson Street, not far from the other one, for services on the new railway line. A signal box was provided at the junction from 1879.
A number of sidings once existed at the station, now covered by car parking on the eastern side of the Newport bound lines.
The two tracks under the station were opened on 21 October 1928 as part of the South Kensington-West Footscray line, and were dual-gauged in the early 1960s as part of the construction of the Melbourne-Albury standard gauge line. Quadruplication of the tracks towards Melbourne in November 1976 put an end to the junction and closed the signal box. The building is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
In 2010, as a part of the Brumby State Government's Footscray renewal program, the existing footbridge over the platforms, which was accessed by ramps, was replaced with a $15 million footbridge. The bridge, named after indigenous activist William Cooper, has stairs and associated lifts. Complaints have been made that the new footbridge is less usable than the one it replaced. It has a roof, but that has not been designed to be weatherproof, and the lifts are prone to breakdown. In 2013 the new footbridge was partially demolished.
As part of the Regional Rail Link, an additional two platforms were built to the north of the existing platforms to separate Metro Trains Sunbury services from V/Line services to Ballarat and Bendigo. In January 2014, platforms 1 to 4 were renumbered 3 to 6 with the new platforms commissioned as platforms 1 and 2. At the same time, Platforms 3 and 4 were closed to be rebuilt as dedicated platforms for V/Line services, reopening in July 2014.
Platforms & services
- Ballarat line: V/Line services to Southern Cross
- Ararat line: V/Line services to Southern Cross
- Bendigo line: V/Line services to Southern Cross
- Echuca line: V/Line services to Southern Cross
- Swan Hill line: V/Line services to Southern Cross
- Geelong line: V/Line services Southern Cross
- Warrnambool line: V/Line services Southern Cross
- Ballarat line: V/Line services to Ballarat
- Ararat line: V/Line services to Ararat
- Bendigo line: V/Line services to Bendigo
- Echuca line: V/Line services to Echuca
- Swan Hill line: V/Line services to Swan Hill
- Geelong line: V/Line services to Wyndham Vale, Geelong & Waurn Ponds
- Warrnambool line: V/Line services to Warrnambool
CDC Melbourne operate six routes via Footscray station:
- 406: to Keilor East
- 409: Yarraville - Highpoint Shopping Centre
- 410: to Sunshine station
- 411: to Laverton station
- 412: to Laverton station
- 414: to Laverton station
Sita Buslines operate four routes via Footscray station:
- 402: to East Melbourne
- 403: to University of Melbourne via Royal Melbourne Hospital
- 404: Ascot Vale station - Moonee Ponds Junction
- 472: Williamstown - Moonee Ponds Junction
Transdev Melbourne operate three routes via Footscray station:
- 216: Caroline Springs - Brighton Beach
- 219: Sunshine Park - Gardenvale
- 223: Yarraville - Highpoint Shopping Centre
Yarra Trams operates one route to and from Footscray station:
- Footscray Vicsig
- Footscray Station Rail Geelong
- Station Patronage Research Public Transport Victoria
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- "Rail Geelong - Geelong Line History". railgeelong.com. Retrieved 2009-09-08.
- Infrastructure - Footscray Vicsig
- "The New Footscray Railway Station". The Independent. 9 December 1899. p. 3.
- "Upgrading Eltham to a Premium Station". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. October 1997. p. 310.
- "Transport Projects eNews". Department of Transport, Victoria. Retrieved 2013-01-19.
- Lucas, Clay (2 November 2010). "The great disconnect". The Age. Melbourne.
- "Colander Bridge". Fair-go for Footscray Rail Residents. Retrieved 2013-02-19.
- Millar, Benjamin (2013-02-06). "Footscray commuters face long wait for station works completion". Maribyrnong Weekly. Retrieved 2013-02-19.
- Major access changes V/Line January 2014
- Sunbury Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Werribee Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Williamstown Line timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Ballarat - Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Bendigo - Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Geelong - Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 406 Yarraville - Footscray timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 409 Yarraville - Shopping Centre timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 410 Sunshine - Footscray timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 411 Laverton - Footscray timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 412 Laverton - Footscray timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 414 Laverton - Footscray timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 402 Footscray - East Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 403 Footscray - University of Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 404 Footscray - Moonee Ponds timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 472 Williamstown - Moonee Ponds timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 216 Caroline Springs - Brighton Beach timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 219 Sunshine Park - Gardenvale timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 223 Yarraville - Highpoint Shopping Centre timetable Public Transport Victoria
- Route 82 Moonee Ponds - Footscray timetable Public Transport Victoria