Melbourne tram route 19

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Route 19
North Coburg - Flinders Street station
Icon for route 19.
D2 5001 (Melbourne tram) in Elizabeth St on route 19 to City in PTV livery, December 2013.jpg
D2 class tram on Elizabeth Street in December 2013
Overview
System Melbourne tramway network
Operator Yarra Trams
Depot Brunswick
Vehicle B2 Class
D2 Class
Began service 26 April 1936
Route
Length 10.2 km (6.3 mi)
Timetable Route 19 timetable
Map Route 19 map
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Melbourne tram route 19 is operated by Yarra Trams on the Melbourne tram network. It operates from North Coburg to Flinders Street station. The 10.2 kilometre route is operated by B and D class trams from Brunswick depot.[1][2]

Overview[edit]

As this tram route is one of the most patronised in Melbourne, the VicRoads Think Tram initiative was instated along this route to help increase ontime running. Yellow dividers are now bolted along Royal Parade forming a tram lane on road space which was previously shared by cars. Further Think Tram initiatives included signage improvements along the route and right-turn bans and turn priorities along Sydney Road. The route is operated by B2 class and D2 class trams.

This route is especially busy during University semester times, serving the western side of the University of Melbourne and the Parkville campus of Monash University, while the route also passes through one of the most diverse areas in Melbourne, with Lebanese, Greek, Italian and some Asian restaurants and shops along Sydney Road.

History[edit]

Route 19 was first allocated to the line between North Coburg and the City terminus at Elizabeth Street on 26 April 1936 following the electrification of the Brunswick cable tram line. Prior to that, Sydney Road trams would run via Moreland Road to Swanston Street and the southern suburbs. Route 19 was allocated to the line between North Coburg and the City - Swanston Street near Flinders Street Station.[3] Since 1936, Route 19 has remained on the route between North Coburg and the City (Elizabeth Street). In January 2016, route 19 began operating through the night on Fridays and Saturdays as part of the Night Network.[4] An extension to Fawkner was first planned by the Melbourne, Brunswick & Coburg Tramway Trust (MBCTT) in 1916, but never came to fruition.[5] This extension has been brought up since, most recently by the Victorian Greens during the 2010 state election.[6]

The origin of Route 19 dates back to the Brunswick cable tram line while the section north of Moreland Road was constructed by the MBCTT. The Melbourne Tramway & Omnibus Company (MTOC) opened the Brunswick cable tram line on 1 October 1887, which encompasses the section of Route 19 between Moreland Road (Stop 28) and Flinders Street Station (Stop 1). This line was electrified by the Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board in stages through 1935-36. The section between Flinders Street Station and Victoria Street (near Stop 7) was first electrified on 17 November 1935. The section to Haymarket (Stop 9) was electrified on 29 December in the same year. The electric track was extended to Leonard Street (Stop 15) on 12 January 1936, and then to Park Street (near Stop 19) on 23 February 1936.[3] The final section to Moreland Road was electrified on 26 April 1936. Meanwhile, the track between Moreland Road and Bell Street (Stop 34) was opened by the MBCTT on 27 April 1916, while the rest of the line to Bakers Road (Stop 40) opened on 14 May 1916.[3]

Melbourne tram route 19 evolution
Dates Route Notes
21 November 1929 - 25 April 1936 North Coburg to City (Swanston Street) via Moreland Road and Lygon Street
26 April 1936 - Present North Coburg to City (Elizabeth Street)

Map[edit]

Route 19
North Coburg - Flinders Street Station
via Coburg, Brunswick, Parkville and City
Free Tram Zone covers stops 1 to 7. Fare zone 1 applies from stop 9 to 40.
Suburb
Street
Stop
No.
North Coburg
Connections
Coburg North
Sydney Road
40
Bakers Road
39
Mercy College
38
Carr Street
37
Gaffney Street
Bus interchange 534
Mainline rail interchange Batman Station
Coburg
Sydney Road
36
Rogers Street
35
Pentridge Boulevard
34
Bell Street
Bus interchange 526, 530, 534
33
Victoria Street
Mainline rail interchange Coburg Station
32
Harding Street
Bus interchange 512
31
Reynard Street
30
The Avenue
29
Moore Street
Mainline rail interchange Moreland Station
Moreland
Tram 6
Moreland Right arrow
 Left arrow City/Glen Iris
Brunswick
Sydney Road
28
Moreland Road
Tram interchange 6; Bus interchange 510
27
Brunswick Tram Depot
26
Albion Street
Mainline rail interchange Anstey Station
25
Stewart Street
24
Blyth Street
Bus interchange 508
23
Victoria Street
Bus interchange 508, 509
Mainline rail interchange Brunswick Station
22
Albert Street
21
Dawson Street
Bus interchange 506
20
Barkly Square
Bus interchange 509
Mainline rail interchange Jewell Station
19
Brunswick Road
Bus interchange 504
Parkville
Royal Parade
18
Princes Park
17
Ievers Street
16
Walker Street
Bus interchange 505
15
Leonard Street
14
Macarthur Road
13
Gatehouse Street
12
Morrah Street
11
University of Melbourne
Bus interchange 546
10
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Bus interchange 401-3, 505, 546
Flemington Road
Route 58, 59
 
 Left arrow West Coburg/Airport West
Peel Street
Route 58
 
 Left arrow William Street/Toorak
Melbourne
Elizabeth Street
9
Haymarket
Tram interchange 58, 59; Bus interchange 546
Victoria Street
Route 57
Swanston Street Right arrow
 Left arrow North Melbourne
7
Queen Victoria Market
Tram interchange 57; Bus interchange 546
La Trobe Street
Tram 30, City Circle
St. Vincents Plaza Right arrow
 Left arrow Docklands Stadium
Mainline rail interchange Melbourne Central
5
Melbourne Central Station
3
Bourke Street Mall
Tram interchange 86, 96; Bus interchange
Lonsdale St
buses
Bourke Street
Tram 86, 96
Melbourne Museum Right arrow
 Left arrow Southern Cross Station
2
Collins Street
Tram interchange 11, 12, 48, 109
Collins Street
Tram 11, 12, 48, 109
St. Vincents Plaza Right arrow
 Left arrow Victoria Harbour
1
Flinders Street Station
Flinders Street
Tram 70, 75, City Circle
Wattle Park/Vermont South Right arrow
 Left arrow Waterfront City Docklands
Mainline rail interchange Flinders Street Station
Suburb
Street
Stop
No.
Flinders Street Station
Connections
Note: Green denotes free tram zone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Facts & figures Yarra Trams
  2. ^ Route 19 Yarra Trams
  3. ^ a b c "Gunzel". www.classicaustraliantv.com. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  4. ^ Night Tram Public Transport Victoria
  5. ^ The Melbourne, Brunswick & Coburg Tramways Trust Running Journal volume 3 number 1 July 1966
  6. ^ "Election 2010 scorecard", Public Transport Users Association, retrieved 2011-11-03

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