Melbourne tram route 86
|Bundoora RMIT - Waterfront City Docklands|
|Night-time||Friday & Saturday|
|End||Waterfront City Docklands|
|Zone(s)||Free Zone: Stops D11-D1, 1-11
Myki Zone 1: Stops 12-51
Myki Zone 2: Stops 52-71
|Timetable||Route 86 timetable|
|Map||Route 86 map|
Melbourne tram route 86 is operated by Yarra Trams on the Melbourne tram network. It operates from Bundoora RMIT to Waterfront City Docklands. The route is operated by A and B class trams from Preston depot.
A cable tram line operated by the Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company opened on 10 August 1887, operating along Bourke Street, Gertrude Street, Smith Street and Queens Parade to Merri Creek. On 18 February 1890 a group of Northcote land speculators built a line between the Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company terminus and Dundas Street, the line was not as successful as they had hoped, closed down and reopened twice before the municipal government bought it in 1901 and leased out its operation. At the end of the lease council took over operation for a short time. The Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company line was taken over by the Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board on 1 November 1919 with the Northcote Cable Tramway line coming under Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board control on 20 February 1920.
The Fitzroy, Northcote and Preston Tramways Trust had started constructing a system but it wasn't until after its takeover by the Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board that services first ran, on 1 April 1920, part of this system included a line from Dundas Street to Tyler Street. This network was orphaned from the rest of the electric network until 24 March 1925 when a line along Holden Street, Pilkington Street and Barkly Street was built by the Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board to allow access to the CBD via Lygon Street.
The two cable lines were through routed by the Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board, and operated until 26 October 1940, when the Bourke Street cable lines were abandoned in favour of double decker buses. The Bourke Street cable lines were the last cable trams to operate in Melbourne. Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board, unhappy with the performance of the buses wished to rebuilt the lines as electric tram services, it was decided to reinstate trams when the buses were life expired, trams first ran on the 88 (predecessor to the modern 86) on 26 June 1955, with East Brunswick starting operating on 6 May 1956.
On 18 May 1983, the suburban terminus was extended from Tyler Street to Boldrewood Parade, then to La Trobe University on 10 January 1985, to Settlement Road on 26 April 1987 and to the current terminus at McKimmies Road on 12 October 1995. This final extension was funded as part of the Federal Government's Building Better Cities program.
As part of the Docklands redevelopment project, La Trobe Street was extended west over the Spencer Street railyards in 2000, and with this extension route 86 was extended along Spencer Street and La Trobe Street to Docklands Stadium.
A project to improve access through platform stops, perform track and overhead renewal and improve speed and reliability on a 6.8 km section of route 86, along High Street and Plenty Road, between Westgarth Street, Westgarth and Albert Street, Reservoir commenced in 2011.
Until 27 July 2014 additional capacity through the Melbourne CBD during weekday peaks was provided by route 95 short workings, operated from Melbourne Museum to Docklands Stadium via Bourke Street. These were discontinued as part of a wider timetable change to the Yarra Trams network. In January 2016, route 86 began operating through the night on Fridays and Saturdays as part of the Night Network.
Since April 2012, there has been a campaign for the 86 Tram Route to Extend to South Morang station. This campaign has been run by the Friends of South Morang (Community Group). The proposed extension is for the tram to go up North on Plenty Rd, turn left on Bush Boulevard and go towards the South Morang station, from there it will go through the Mill Park Lakes Estate - completing at the intersection of The Lakes Boulevard and Plenty Rd. This proposal can be seen on The South Morang future transport network map.
Plenty Road ends in Preston at Dundas Street and High Street, route 86 turns slightly into High Street and continues south through Thornbury and Northcote. It then crosses Merri Creek, continuing along Queens Parade Clifton Hill, heading south-west, turning south into Smith Street passing between Fitzroy and Collingwood.
It enters the CBD on Spring Street turning west into Bourke Street at Parliament House, travels through the Bourke Street Mall and turns north into Spencer Street, passing Southern Cross station, it turns west at La Trobe Street, passing over the Spencer Street rail yards into Docklands, it travels north briefly on Harbour Esplanade before turning west into Docklands Drive, where it terminates in Waterfront City Docklands.
Not all stops are shown, refer to timetable for full list of stops
In popular culture
- Facts & figures Yarra Trams
- Route 86 Yarra Trams
- "Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company Limited" (PDF), TMSV Running Journal Vol 9 No 3, page 16, retrieved 2011-10-16
- "Northcote: the on again, off again cable tramway", Friends of Hawthorn Tram Depot, retrieved 2011-10-03
- "Milestones, 1911 - 1920", Yarra Trams, retrieved 2011-10-03
- "Milestones, 1921 - 1930", Yarra Trams, retrieved 2011-10-09
- "Milestones, 1931 - 1940", Yarra Trams, retrieved 2011-10-03
- "Milestones, 1951 - 1960", Yarra Trams, retrieved 2011-10-03
- Here and There Trolley Wire (Sydney Tramway Museum) February 1987 page 25 (large file)
- "Milestones, 1981 - 1990", Yarra Trams, retrieved 2011-10-03
- "Milestones, 1991 - 2000", Yarra Trams, retrieved 2011-10-03
- Lyndsay Neilson. "Appendix 1: Funding Allocation, Victorian Area Strategies". The ‘Building Better Cities’ program 1991-96: a nation-building initiative of the Commonwealth Government. epress.anu.edu.au. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
- "Thank You Melbourne", VicUrban, retrieved 2011-10-04
- "Completed tram initiatives", Department of Transport, retrieved 2011-10-03
- Ashley Gardiner (18 August 2008). "Smart card tests to begin on trams this week". Herald Sun. www.news.com.au. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
- "Tram Route 86 Corridor Project", Darebin City Council, retrieved 2011-10-04
- "Tram Route 86 – High Street and Plenty Road", VicRoads, retrieved 2011-10-04
- "Capacity boost for tram passengers". Yarra Trams. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
- Night Tram Public Transport Victoria
- Past meets future at new home of E-class trams Yarra Trams 17 April 2016
- "East Preston Depot", Vicsig, retrieved 2011-10-04
- The bedroom philosopher songs from the 86 tram Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2010