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Box Hill railway station, Melbourne

Box Hill railway station is located on the Lilydale and Belgrave lines, in Victoria, Australia. It serves the eastern Melbourne suburb of Box Hill, and opened on 1 December 1882.[2] It is located beneath the Box Hill Central Shopping Centre. In 2013/14, it was the 10th busiest station in Melbourne's metropolitan network, as well as being the busiest non-interchange station outside of Melbourne's CBD, with 3.254 million passenger movements.[3]

Box Hill
Box Hill Entrance Jul 2016.jpg
Entrance from Box Hill Central Shopping Centre in July 2016
LocationStation Street, Box Hill
Coordinates37°49′09″S 145°07′17″E / 37.8192°S 145.1214°E / -37.8192; 145.1214Coordinates: 37°49′09″S 145°07′17″E / 37.8192°S 145.1214°E / -37.8192; 145.1214
Owned byVicTrack
Operated byMetro
Distance16.16 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms4 (1 island, 2 side)
Structure typeBuilt over
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
StatusPremium Station
Station codeBOX
Fare zoneMyki Zone 2
WebsitePublic Transport Victoria
Opened1 December 1882
Passengers (2008-2009)3.025 million[1]
Passengers (2009-2010)3.161 million[1]Increase 4.5%
Passengers (2010-2011)3.160 million[1]Decrease 0.03%
Passengers (2011-2012)2.743 million[1]Decrease 13.2%
Passengers (2012-2013)Not measured[1]
Passengers (2013-2014)3.254 million[1]Increase 18.63%
Preceding station   Metro Trains   Following station
Lilydale line
towards Lilydale
Belgrave line
towards Belgrave

In 1882, Box Hill was a separate town, with several hundred residents. In 1895, a large market was opened next to the station. On 19 December 1922, the section from Flinders Street to Box Hill was electrified, and this was continued to Ringwood the following month.

Goods services at Box Hill ceased on 29 December 1976.[4]

In 1979 the station was one of three used as trial sites for new bike lockers under the Melbourne Bicycle Strategy, either for occasional, monthly or quarterly hire.[5]

In early 1983, the current station was built, to eliminate the level crossing at Station Street. Box Hill Central Shopping Centre and the bus terminal above it were built over the top of the station, with the complex eventually completed by 1985. Platform 1 was used between 24 April 1983 and 9 June 1984, while the current station was being built, and has been retained for possible future use. The platform has no track or lighting, with a McDonald's Restaurant since built over the ramp from the station concourse.

It was upgraded to a Premium station in 1996.[6]

During January 2007, the line was closed between Box Hill and Blackburn, to facilitate grade separation works at the Middleborough Road level crossing, near Laburnum. Buses operated between the two stations for the duration, and to cater for this, a temporary bus interchange was constructed at Box Hill. The interchange was built directly on top of the tracks, which had been paved between the rails, to the east of the station, and was connected to Platforms 2 and 3, via a raised walkway.[7] With the completion of the project's major works at the end of January 2007, the bus interchange was removed.

East of the station, towards Lilydale and Belgrave, the three tracks merge into two.


Platforms & servicesEdit

Box Hill has one island platform with two faces, and one side platform. It is serviced by Metro Trains' Lilydale and Belgrave line services.[8][9]

Platform 1:

  • Unused and has no track, with a McDonald's Restaurant built over its entrance.

Platform 2:

Platform 3:

Platform 4:

Bus servicesEdit

A sheltered thirteen bay bus terminus is located two levels above the station, on the rooftop of Box Hill Central. The terminus serves 20 bus routes operated by Transdev Melbourne, Ventura Bus Lines and CDC Melbourne. The bus deck originally had 14 bus bays. Bay 12 was removed around 2015 to enable safer access to the elevator that is located in the office suites. In 2018 Bays 2 and 3 were swapped position so that passengers queuing to board  SmartBus  903 southbound would be out of the way of the food kiosk.

Buses from Box Hill Station:

Bay 1:

Bay 3:

Bay 2:

Bay 4:

Bay 5:

Bay 6:

Bay 7:

Bay 8:

Bay 9:

Bay 10:

Bay 11:

Bay 13:

Bay 14:

  • 281 to Deakin University[14]
  • 767 to Southland via Deakin University and Chadstone[25]
  • 768 to Deakin University via Station Street and Canterbury Road[26]

Nightbus: (On Whitehorse Road)

  • 966 to City via Doncaster Road[27]

Tram servicesEdit

Yarra Trams operates one route to and from Box Hill:



  1. ^ a b c d e f "Train Station Patronage FY2008-2014". Public Transport Victoria. 14 May 2015. Archived from the original (XLS) on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016. (access from [1] Archived 3 November 2016 at the Wayback Machine)
  2. ^ Mont Albert Vicsig
  3. ^ Station Patronage Research Archived 23 May 2016 at the Wayback Machine Public Transport Victoria
  4. ^ "Traffic". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. January 1977. p. 12.
  5. ^ Network, Railways of Australia, September 1979, Vol.16 No.7 p.28
  6. ^ "Upgrading Eltham to a Premium Station". Newsrail. Australian Railway Heistorical Society. October 1997. p. 310.
  7. ^ Middleborough Road project Vicsig
  8. ^ "Lilydale Line". Public Transport Victoria.
  9. ^ "Belgrave Line". Public Transport Victoria.
  10. ^ a b "903 Altona - Mordialloc (SMARTBUS Service)". Public Transport Victoria.
  11. ^ "271 Box Hill - Ringwood via Park Orchards". Public Transport Victoria.
  12. ^ "279 Box Hill - Doncaster SC via Middleborough Rd". Public Transport Victoria.
  13. ^ "284 Doncaster Park & Ride - Box Hill via Union Road". Public Transport Victoria.
  14. ^ a b "281 Templestowe - Deakin University". Public Transport Victoria.
  15. ^ "293 Box Hill - Greensborough via Doncaster SC". Public Transport Victoria.
  16. ^ "302 City - Box Hill via Belmore Rd and Eastern Fwy". Public Transport Victoria.
  17. ^ "612 Box Hill - Chadstone via Surrey Hills & Camberwell & Glen Iris". Public Transport Victoria.
  18. ^ "270 Box Hill - Mitcham via Blackburn North". Public Transport Victoria.
  19. ^ "735 Box Hill to Nunawading". Public Transport Victoria.
  20. ^ "765 Mitcham - Box Hill via Brentford Square & Forest Hill & Blackburn". Public Transport Victoria.
  21. ^ "766 Box Hill - Burwood via Surrey Hills". Public Transport Victoria.
  22. ^ "733 Oakleigh - Box Hill via Clayton & Monash University & Mt Waverley". Public Transport Victoria.
  23. ^ "201 Box Hill Station - Deakin University". Public Transport Victoria.
  24. ^ "732 Box Hill - Upper Ferntree Gully via Vermont South & Knox City & Mountain Gate". Public Transport Victoria.
  25. ^ "767 Southland - Box Hill via Chadstone & Jordanville & Deakin University". Public Transport Victoria.
  26. ^ "Routes". Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  27. ^ "966 Night bus: City - Kew - Doncaster Rd - Box Hill". Public Transport Victoria.
  28. ^ "109 Box Hill - Port Melbourne". Public Transport Victoria.

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