Melbourne tram route 6
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (November 2015)|
|Melbourne University - Glen Iris|
Melbourne CBD (Swanston St)
|Length||12.7 km (7.9 mi)|
|Zone(s)||Free Zone: Stops 8-13
Myki: Stops 1-7, 14-53
|Annual patronage||5.4 million|
|Timetable||Route 6 timetable|
|Map||Route 6 map|
The origins of route 6 lie in separate tram lines, namely an electric line from Melbourne University to Queensberry Street, a cable tram from Queensberry Street to High Street 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 and Omnibus Company.
The Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust opened a line from Charles Street, Prahran to Tooronga Road, Glen Iris along High Street on 30 May 1910. This line was extended west to Punt Road on 14 March 1911 and again, to St Kilda Road on 14 September 1912, connecting with the St Kilda Road cable tram to the city, both extensions were built by the Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust. The Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust extended the line again on 25 March 1914, this time east, to its current terminus at Malvern Road.
The Melbourne, Brunswick and Coburg Tramways Trust opened its line from Park Street, North Carlton to Queensberry Street, Carlton along Lygon Street, Elgin Street and Madeline Street - as the section of Swanston Street north of Victoria Street was originally known - on 31 October 1916.
The Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board converted the Swanston Street/St Kilda Road cable line to electric traction between 1924 and 1926, with electric trams able to run to High Street on 28 March 1926 and able to travel the entire length on 29 August 1926.
Route 6 is scheduled to run to East Coburg starting July 2015 after tram route 8 is discontinued.[dated info]
Route 6 operates from Melbourne University travelling south via Swanston Street, through the CBD, passing Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne Central station, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Town Hall, City Square, St Paul's Cathedral, Flinders Street station, Federation Square and Birrarung Marr.
Not all stops are shown, refer to timetable for full list of stops