Parliament railway station

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Commuter rail station
Parliament Platform 3.jpg
Looking down platform 3
Location Spring Street, Melbourne
Coordinates 37°48′41″S 144°58′23″E / 37.81139°S 144.97306°E / -37.81139; 144.97306Coordinates: 37°48′41″S 144°58′23″E / 37.81139°S 144.97306°E / -37.81139; 144.97306
Owned by VicTrack
Operated by Metro
Line(s) Alamein (weekday pre-peak and post-peak only)
Frankston (weekday peaks and weekends only)
Glen Waverley
Sandringham (weekends only)
South Morang
Werribee (weekends only)
Platforms 4 (2 island)
Tracks 4
Structure type Underground
Platform levels 2
Disabled access Yes (lift)
Other information
Status Premium station
Station code PAR
Fare zone 1
Website Public Transport Victoria
Opened 22 January 1983
Electrified Yes
Direction of travel on metropolitan lines between stations on the City Loop changes to either Melbourne Central or Flinders Street depending on the line and time of day.
Preceding station   Metro Trains   Following station
One-way operation
South Morang line
toward South Morang
Hurstbridge line
toward Hurstbridge
Lilydale line
toward Lilydale
Belgrave line
toward Belgrave
Alamein line
toward Alamein
Glen Waverley line
Pakenham line
toward Pakenham
Cranbourne line
toward Cranbourne
Frankston line
toward Frankston
Sandringham line
One-way operation
toward Upfield
Upfield line
toward Craigieburn
Craigieburn line
toward Sunbury
Sunbury line
One-way operation
Werribee line
Customers for the Williamstown line must change at Southern Cross (weekday mornings), North Melbourne (weekday afternoons) or Newport (weekends).

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.[1]

The station services Melbourne's government district, and is underneath the Parliament House of Victoria and the intersection of Bourke and Spring Streets, at the eastern end of the CBD.


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.[2]

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.[2]

The station opened on 22 January 1983.[3] At the time of opening the station had the longest escalators in the southern hemisphere.[2]


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[edit]

Platform 1 - Clifton Group

Platform 2 - Caulfield Group

Platform 3 - Northern Group

Platform 4 - Burnley Group

Transport links[edit]

Yarra Trams operate seven services via Parliament station:

Bourke Street

Collins Street


  1. ^ Station Patronage Research Public Transport Victoria
  2. ^ a b c History of Melbourne's Underground Rail System Metropolitan Transport Authority
  3. ^ Department of Infrastructure. "Public transport - City Loop history". Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  4. ^ Route 35 City Circle timetable Public Transport Victoria
  5. ^ Route 86 Bundora RMIT - Waterfront City Docklands timetable Public Transport Victoria
  6. ^ Route 96 East Brunswick - St Kilda Beach timetable Public Transport Victoria
  7. ^ "Public Transport Victoria". 
  8. ^ "Public Transport Victoria". 
  9. ^ Route 48 North Balwyn - Victoria Harbour Docklands timetable Public Transport Victoria
  10. ^ Route 109 Box Hill - Port Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria

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