Melbourne tram route 70

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Route 70
Waterfront City Docklands - Wattle Park
A class tram on Flinders Street
in September 2006
System Melbourne
Operator Yarra Trams
Depot Camberwell
Vehicle A class
B class
Locale Melbourne, Australia
Start Waterfront City Docklands
Via Docklands
Melbourne CBD (Flinders St)
Hawthorn East
Surrey Hills
End Wattle Park
Length 16.5 km (10.3 mi)
Journey time 45-65 minutes
Operates Daily
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
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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.[1][2]


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.[3]

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.[3][4]

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.[3] It was later extended to terminate outside Docklands Stadium and again on 20 September 2009 to Waterfront City Docklands.[5][6]


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.


Route 70
Waterfront City Docklands Stop D11
Central Pier Routes 30, 75, 86, City Circle D2
Spencer Street Routes 12, 96, 109 1
Elizabeth Street Flinders Street station Routes 19, 57, 59 4
Swanston Street Flinders Street station Routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72 5
Rod Laver Arena 7B
Richmond station Richmond station 8
East Richmond station East Richmond station Route 78 11
Riversdale Junction Route 75 25
Glenferrie Road Route 16 32
Riversdale station Riversdale station 46
Highfield Road 51
Warrigal Road 56
Wattle Park 61

Not all stops are shown, refer to timetable for full list of stops
Green denotes free tram zone


  1. ^ Facts & figures Yarra Trams
  2. ^ Route 70 Yarra Trams
  3. ^ a b c "Melbourne's Two Batman Avenue Tramways 1916 and 1999" Trolley Wire issue 278 August 1999 pages 3-15
  4. ^ "Exhibition Street Extension Opening" (PDF). 26 October 1999. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-07-20. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  5. ^ Changes to Routes 48 & 70 from Sunday 20 September 2009 Yarra Trams
  6. ^ History of Melbourne Trams Routes from 1950 to 2009 Yarra Trams

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