Melbourne tram route 5

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Route 5
Melbourne University - Malvern
Icon for route 5.
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D1 class tram at The Arts Centre in November 2007
Overview
System Melbourne
Operator Yarra Trams
Depot Malvern
Vehicle Z3 class
D1 class
Route
Locale Melbourne, Australia
Start Melbourne University
Via Carlton
Melbourne CBD (Swanston St)
Southbank
Windsor
Prahran
Armadale
End Malvern
Length 12.6 km (7.8 mi)
Service
Journey time 40-55 minutes
Operates Daily
Zone(s) Free Zone: Stops 8-13
Myki Zone 1: Stops 1-7, 14-52
Annual patronage 4.1 million
Timetable Route 5 timetable
Map Route 5 map
Route map

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Melbourne tram route 5 is operated by Yarra Trams on the Melbourne tram network. It operates from Melbourne University to Malvern. The 12.6 kilometre route is operated by Z and D1 class trams from Malvern depot.[1][2]

History[edit]

The origins of route 5 lie in separate tram lines, namely an electric line from Melbourne University to Queensberry Street, a cable tram from Queensberry Street to St Kilda Junction and a number of electric lines from St Kilda Junction to Burke Road.

Cable trams first travelled from Queensberry Street, Carlton to Milton Street, Balaclava (just south of Carlisle Street), on 11 October 1888, with the line opened by the Melbourne Tramway & Omnibus Company.[3]

The Prahran & Malvern Tramways Trust (PMTT) opened a line from Glenferrie Road, Malvern to Burke Road, Malvern East along Wattletree Road on 30 May 1910. A line was built by the PMTT, between Wattletree Road and the Sandringham railway line in Windsor along Glenferrie Road and Dandenong Road, opening on 16 December 1911. The PMTT extended the Dandenong line a short distance from the Sandringham railway line to Chapel Street on 31 March 1912.[4]

The Melbourne, Brunswick & Coburg Tramways Trust opened its line from Park Street, Carlton North to Queensberry Street, Carlton along Lygon, Elgin and Madeline Streets (as the section of Swanston Street north of Victoria Street was originally known) on 31 October 1916.[4]

On 27 December 1925, the Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board (MMTB) converted a small section of cable tram track along Wellington Street to electric traction, connecting the Dandenong Road line to St Kilda Junction. Another small section of track along Wattletree Road from Denbigh Road/Dandenong Road to Glenferrie Road was opened by the MMTB on 24 June 1928, giving a more direct route from Burke Road to St Kilda Junction.[5]

The MMTB converted the Swanston Street/St Kilda Road cable line to electric traction between 1924 and 1926, with electric trams able to run to St Kilda Junction from 28 March 1926 and able to travel the entire length from 29 August 1926.[5]

As part of the St Kilda Junction separation works, the Wellington Street section was abandoned for a new section of track along the newly created Queens Way on 4 November 1968.[6] Large sections of these lines make up what is today's route 5.

During the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the route was merged with route 55 to West Coburg at Domain Interchange, to alleviate congestion along St Kilda Road.[7][8]

Route[edit]

Description[edit]

Route 5 operates from Melbourne University travelling south through the CBD on Swanston Street via Melbourne Central station and Flinders Street stations. After crossing the Yarra River it continues south along St Kilda Road to St Kilda Junction, where it descends to Queens Way, Windsor and heads east, at Chapel Street, Queens Way becomes Dandenong Road. It continues east passing through Prahran, Armadale, Malvern and Malvern East to its terminus at Burke Road.

Operation[edit]

Route 5 is operated out of Malvern depot by Z and D1 class trams.[2] It is occasionally operated by D2 class trams. From 19:00 the service only operates between Orrong Road and Malvern, with services timetabled to connect with route 64 services.

Route map[edit]

Melbourne Tram Route 5
Suburb
No.
Stop Name (Road Name)
Connections
continues as Tram 1 and 6
towards East Coburg and Moreland
1
Melbourne University Swanston Street
Tram interchange 1, 6; Bus interchange 401, 402, 403, 546
3
Lincoln Square
4
Queensberry St
Victoria Street
No Service
7
RMIT University
La Trobe Street
Tram 30, City Circle
St. Vincents Plaza Right arrow
 Left arrow Docklands Stadium
8
Mainline rail interchange
Melbourne Central
City Loop Suburban Lines
10
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
Collins Street
Tram 11, 12, 48, 109
St. Vincents Plaza Right arrow
 Left arrow Victoria Harbour
11
City Square
Tram interchange 11, 12, 48, 109
Flinders Street
Tram 70, 75, City Circle
Melbourne Park/Wellington Parade Right arrow
 Left arrow Harbour Esplanade Docklands
Mainline rail interchange
Flinders Street Station
All Suburban lines + Traralgon V/Line
13
Flinders Street Station Swanston Street
14
Arts Precinct St. Kilda Road
Tram interchange 1; Bus interchange 216, 219, 220
Southbank Boulevard
Tram 1
 
 Left arrow South Melbourne Beach
17
Grant Street - Police Memorial
19
Shrine of Remembrance
Park Street
Tram 58
 
 Left arrow Williams Street/West Coburg
20
Domain Interchange
Domain Road
No Service (Temporary Closure)
21
Bowen Crescent
22
Toorak Road
Toorak Road
Tram 58
South Yarra/Toorak Right arrow
 
23
Arthur Street
24
Leopold Street
25
Commerical Road
Tram interchange 72; Bus interchange 216, 219, 220
Commercial Road
Tram 72
Gardiner/Camberwell Right arrow
 
26
Moubray Street
27
High Street
High Street
Tram 6
Glen Iris Right arrow
 
29
Union Street
30
St Kilda Junction St. Kilda Road
St Kilda Road
Tram 3/3a, 16, 67
 
 Left arrow St Kilda Beach/Brighton Road
31
Queens Way Queens Way
32
Chapel Street Dandenong Road
Mainline rail interchange
Windsor Station
Sandringham Line
Chapel Street
Tram 78
North Richmond Right arrow
 Left arrow Brighton Road
33
Hornby Street
34
The Avenue
35
Williams Road
36
Closeburn Avenue
37
Lansdowne Road
38
Orrong Road
40
Wattletree Road
Dandenong Road
Tram 64
 
 Left arrow East Brighton
41
Armadale Street Wattletree Road
42
Kooyong Road
43
Egerton Road
44
Duncraig Avenue
45
Glenferrie Road
Glenferrie Road
Tram 16
Kew/Toorak Right arrow
 Left arrow Hawthorn Junction
Mainline rail interchange
Malvern Station
Pakenham, Frankston and Cranbourne Lines
46
Nicholls Street
47
Cabrini Hospital
48
Dixon Street
49
Tooranga Road
50
Vincent Road
51
Erica Avenue
52
Burke Road

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