Melbourne tram route 48

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Route 48
North Balwyn - Victoria Harbour Docklands
C 3012 at North Balwyn terminus.
C 3012 at North Balwyn terminus
System Melbourne tramway network
Operator Yarra Trams
Depot Kew[1]
Vehicle A class, C class
Locale Melbourne, Australia
Start North Balwyn
Via Kew East
East Melbourne
Melbourne CBD (Collins St)
End Victoria Harbour Docklands
Length 13.5 km (8.4 mi)[1]
Zone(s) Zone 1 for the entire route
Annual patronage 7.5 million[2]
Timetable Route 48 timetable
Map Route 48 map
← City Circle (35) Route 55 →
A2 283 in Collins Street, Docklands, on route 48

Tram route 48 is a public transport service in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It runs from Victoria Harbour, Docklands to North Balwyn via Collins Street, Spring Street, Wellington Parade and Bridge Road. Like most tram routes in Melbourne, it falls within myki ticketing Zone 1.

It is primarily run using both A class and low-floor C class trams out of Kew tram depot.

The Public Transport Users Association[3][4] and local councils[5] have been lobbying for an extension of route 48 to Doncaster Shopping Centre.

Previously route 48 ran via Flinders Street, with the Collins Street route becoming effective on 20 September 2009.


There are 57 stops on route 48.

Starts at Victoria Harbour Melbourne Docklands (stop D17), then runs via:

Proposed extension[edit]

The Public Transport Users' Association (PTUA) and the Cities of Boroondara and Manningham have proposed for the extension of the route from the current North Balwyn terminus along Doncaster Road to a new terminus at Doncaster Hill. It would require approximately 4.5 km of extra track, serving Greythorn Village and the Doncaster Park and Ride facility before terminating near Westfield Doncaster. The PTUA has also pointed out the future potential for the line to be extended further along Doncaster Road to East Doncaster and Donvale.

Proponents have argued that it could serve as a cheaper, quicker and more efficient alternative to the long-proposed Doncaster railway line. However, supporters of the railway state that the tram already takes 50 minutes from one terminus to the other in the off-peak, and that the tram would take well over an hour to reach the city from Doncaster. It is therefore considered as a separate project to the heavy railway, that would serve a local access purpose.

In 2006, the Liberal opposition under Ted Baillieu promised the extension by 1 July 2010 if he was to win office in the next election, pricing it at $35 million.[6][7] It was stated that there would have been about 2 accessible stops every kilometre, similar to the recent Box Hill tram extension. The Labor Government held onto power, and the extension was not built, even when the Liberals later won office in 2010.

The City of Manningham commissioned a $60 000 study in 2007[8] to investigate the potential for the new line, arguing it was a needed alternative to overcrowded buses.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Route 48", Yarra Trams, retrieved 11 June 2013 
  2. ^ "Facts & figures". Yarra Trams. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Submission to Infrastructure Australia on Victoria’s transport infrastructure priorities" (PDF), Public Transport Users Association: 8, retrieved 2011-11-03 
  4. ^ "Destination: Doncaster" (PDF), Public Transport Users Association, retrieved 2011-11-03 
  5. ^ "Mayor pushes Balwyn tram extension". Boroondara Review Local. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "A Liberal government plan to improve Public Transport" (PDF). Victorian Liberal Party. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Warner, Michael (9 November 2006). "$35m line on trams". Herald Sun. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Stephen Moynihan (16 July 2007). "Councils plead to fill gaps in transport network". The Age. Archived from the original on 16 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 

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