Melbourne University tram stop
Melbourne University tram stop in September 2013
|Location||Swanston Street, Carlton|
|Operated by||Yarra Trams|
|Tracks||2 (also includes 3 shunts)|
|Fare zone||Zone 1|
The Melbourne University tram stop is a major terminating point and stop of the Melbourne tram system. It features a single island platform and three shunts. It is located on Swanston Street, Carlton, and is the major tram stop for the University of Melbourne, its name sake. It was opened in 2005 and is one of the busiest stops on the network; seven tram lines terminate at it, while two run through.
The current stop was opened in 2005. The project, begun by M>Tram, was inherited by Yarra Trams when they commenced operation of the entire tram system in 2004, and was endorsed by the University of Melbourne and Melbourne City Council. It did however attract some controversy, with the Public Transport Users Association and Paul Mees claiming that the location was unsuitable, as if would force those wishing to cross Swanston Street to walk a further 150 metres (490 ft). Construction of the stop commenced on 11 January 2005, with the stop opening to passengers on 15 February 2005, for the first 12 days of construction tram services terminated either side of the works, with a shuttle bus diverting around the works site connecting the tram routes.
Melbourne University tram stop consists of one island platform that provides accessible entry to low-floor trams, it is long enough to serve two D2-class trams at the same time, and has three shunts. It was designed by FMSA Architects for Yarra Trams and Department of Infrastructure. The design consists of six steel 'trees', clad with polycarbonate roofing protecting the seating areas; staff amenities; and ramps permitting full disabled access to the stop. The design is intended to compliment its environment while also improving reliability and flexibility.
The island platform is about 59 metres (194 ft) long and 6.5 metres (21 ft) wide, shunt number 1 is 34 metres (112 ft) long, and shunts 2 and 3 are 30 metres (98 ft) long.
The following routes terminate at Melbourne University tram stop:
- Route 3/3a – Melbourne University to East Malvern (workdays, while diverting through St Kilda on weekends and public holidays)
- Route 5 – Melbourne University to Malvern
- Route 6 – Melbourne University to Glen Iris
- Route 16 – Melbourne University to Kew
- Route 64 – Melbourne University to East Brighton
- Route 67 – Melbourne University to Carnegie
- Route 72 – Melbourne University to Camberwell
While the following run through it:
As this stop is two stops outside of Melbourne City's 'Free Tram Zone', Yarra Trams ticket inspectors often loiter here, waiting for poor students to disembark.
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