Melbourne tram route 70
|Waterfront City Docklands - Wattle Park|
|Start||Waterfront City Docklands|
Melbourne CBD (Flinders St)
|Length||16.5 km (10.3 mi)|
|Journey time||45-65 minutes|
|Zone(s)||Free Zone: Stops D11-D6, 1-7
Myki Zone 1: Stops 8-61
|Annual patronage||5.4 million|
|Timetable||Route 70 timetable|
|Map||Route 70 map|
Melbourne tram route 70 is operated by Yarra Trams on the Melbourne tram network. It operates from Waterfront City Docklands to Wattle Park. The 16.5 kilometre route is operated by A and B class trams from Camberwell depot.
The 16 kilometres line from Princes Bridge to Warrigal Road was opened in 1916 in stages by the Prahran & Malvern Tramways Trust, it was extended a further to 1.9 kilometres to Wattle Park on 1 July 1928, by which stage it had been taken over by the Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board.
Route 70 commenced on 9 December 1934 when route 17 Princes Bridge to Wattle Park was renumbered. The route ran from a terminus opposite opposite Flinders Street station along Batman Avenue following the Yarra River before joining the current route.
On 6 June 1999 it was diverted to operate via the Exhibition Street extension with a four-lane divided road built over the Jolimont Yard, enabling Batman Avenue west of Melbourne Park to be closed with route 70 extended to terminate at the intersection of Flinders and Spencer Streets. It was later extended to terminate outside Docklands Stadium and again on 20 September 2009 to Waterfront City Docklands.
From Waterfront City Docklands, the route runs along Docklands Drive, Harbour Esplanade and Flinders Street in the city, behind Melbourne Park at Richmond and then along Swan Street and Riversdale Road through Hawthorn and Camberwell to the eastern end of Wattle Park, terminating at Elgar Road.
Not all stops are shown, refer to timetable for full list of stops
- Facts & figures Yarra Trams
- Route 70 Yarra Trams
- "Melbourne's Two Batman Avenue Tramways 1916 and 1999" Trolley Wire issue 278 August 1999 pages 3-15
- "Exhibition Street Extension Opening" (PDF). www.transurban.com.au. 26 October 1999. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-07-20. Retrieved 2008-07-17.
- Changes to Routes 48 & 70 from Sunday 20 September 2009 Yarra Trams
- History of Melbourne Trams Routes from 1950 to 2009 Yarra Trams