Parliament railway station
|Commuter rail station|
Looking down platform 3
|Location||Spring Street, Melbourne|
|Line(s)||Alamein (weekday pre-peak and post-peak only)|
Frankston (weekday peaks and weekends only)
Sandringham (weekends only)
Werribee (weekends only)
|Platforms||4 (2 island)|
|Disabled access||Yes (lift)|
|Website||Public Transport Victoria|
|Opened||22 January 1983|
|Passengers (2008-2009)||10.276 million|
|Passengers (2009-2010)||10.484 million 2.03%|
|Passengers (2010-2011)||10.757 million 2.6%|
|Passengers (2011-2012)||10.734 million 0.22%|
|Passengers (2012-2013)||Not measured|
|Passengers (2013-2014)||10.963 million 2.14%|
Parliament railway station is an underground station on the metro network in Melbourne, Australia. It is one of five stations (and one of three underground) on the City Loop, which encircles the Melbourne CBD. In 2011/12 it was the 4th busiest station on Melbourne's metropolitan network, with 10.7 million passenger movements.
The station platforms were constructed using mining methods. Each platform is an individual tunnel, and are linked to the other platform in the same level by a number of cross tunnels. This choice in design left the remaining pillar of rock between the tunnels too weak to support the required loads, so it was replaced with concrete. A pilot tunnel was made, enabling the walls to be constructed ahead of the main excavation.
The booking hall to the south was constructed 'upside down', with the support columns dug with augers from ground level, then filled with concrete. The roof was then constructed over these piles from ground level during a series of staged road closures, and once this was completed the excavation of the booking hall could be carried out underneath, while road traffic continued overhead. During construction the Parliament House fence had to be removed, stored then re-erected.
In 2025, Pakenham, Cranbourne and Sunbury railway lines will cease to stop at Parliament Station as the Metro Tunnel Project opens.
Parliament station has three underground levels. It has a concourse level and four platforms on the two levels underneath. Each platform serves a separate group of rail lines that leave the Loop and radiate out into the city's suburbs.
Parliament has two separate concourses. They each have a ticket office, toilets and ticket operated gates.
- The northern is located at the junction of Spring, Lonsdale and Nicholson Streets, and has three escalators and a lift going down to the platforms, as well has a lift and steps leading to street level.
- The southern concourse is near the Spring and Collins Street intersection, and has four escalators descending to the platforms. There are three exits to ground level via steps: one to MacArthur Street, the other two exits on Spring Street, facing Bourke Street and near Collins Street.
Platforms & services
Platform 1 - Clifton Group
- Mernda line: all stations and limited stops services to Mernda
- Hurstbridge line: all stations and limited stops services to Hurstbridge
Platform 2 - Caulfield Group
- Pakenham line: all stations and limited stops services to Pakenham (Replace with High Capacity Metro Trains until 2025)
- Cranbourne line: all stations and limited stops services to Cranbourne (Replace with High Capacity Metro Trains until 2025)
- Frankston line: all stations and limited stops services to Frankston
- Sandringham line: weekend all stations services to Sandringham
Platform 3 - Northern Group
- Craigieburn line: all stations services to Craigieburn
- Upfield line: all stations services to Upfield
- Sunbury line: all stations and limited stops services to Sunbury (Until 2025)
- Werribee line: weekend all stations services to Werribee
Platform 4 - Burnley Group
- Lilydale line: all stations and limited stops services to Lilydale
- Belgrave line: all stations and limited stops services to Belgrave
- Glen Waverley line: all stations and limited stops services to Glen Waverley
- Alamein line: weekday all stations and limited stops services to Alamein
Yarra Trams operate seven services via Parliament station:
- 11: West Preston - Victoria Harbour Docklands
- 12: Victoria Gardens - St Kilda
- 48: North Balwyn - Victoria Harbour Docklands
- 109: Box Hill - Port Melbourne
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