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Melbourne tram route 5

Melbourne tram route 5 is operated by Yarra Trams on the Melbourne tram network. It operates from Melbourne University to Malvern. The 12.6 kilometre route is operated by Z and D1 class trams from Malvern depot.[1][2]

Route 5
Melbourne University - Malvern
Icon for route 5.
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D1 class tram at The Arts Centre in November 2007
Overview
SystemMelbourne
OperatorYarra Trams
DepotMalvern
VehicleZ3 class
D1 class
Began service21 November 1929
Route
Length12.6 km (7.8 mi)
TimetableRoute 5 timetable
MapRoute 5 map
← Route 3/3a  {{{system_nav}}}  Route 6 →

Contents

HistoryEdit

Route 5 was allocated to the line between Malvern (Burke Road) and City (Swanston Street) on 21 November 1929, the same day that numbers were allocated to the rest of the Swanston St trams. Trams traditionally terminated at the Victoria St terminus, but following an accident in 1991, trams instead terminated at the Queensberry St crossover. Due to congestion during peak hours at the crossover, some trams continued north to Melbourne University. Finally on 17 January 1996, a permanent shunt was built at Melbourne University. From then on, Route 5 trams were altered run full-time to Melbourne University.[3]

The origins of route 5 lie in separate tram lines. The section of track between Queensberry Street (Stop 4) and St Kilda Road (Stop 30) is the oldest section of this route, dating back to the Brighton Road cable tram which opened on 11 October 1888 by the Melbourne Tramway & Omnibus Company. This cable tram line was electrified in stages by the Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board (MMTB). The section between Domain Interchange (Stop 20) and St Kilda Junction (Stop 30) was electrified on 27 December 1925. The section between Queensberry Street and City Road (near Stop 14) was electrified on the same day. The line between City Road and Domain Interchange was electrified on 24 January 1926. The section between St Kilda Junction and Chapel Street (Stop 32) also dates back to the cable era, as the Windsor to St Kilda Esplanade cable tramway which opened on 17 October 1891. This section was one the first cable tram to be converted to electric traction on 27 December 1925.[3]

The line east of Hawthorn Road (Stop 45) until the Malvern (Burke Road) terminus was one of the original lines constructed by the Prahran & Malvern Tramways Trust (PMTT), which opened on 30 May 1910. The PMTT also built the section between the Sandringham railway line (near Stop 33) and Wattletree Road (Stop 40), opening on 16 December 1911. This line was extended to Chapel Street (Stop 32) on 31 March 1912.

On 24 June 1928, the Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board (MMTB) constructed a small section of track between Wattletree Road and Glenferrie Road, giving a more direct route from Burke Road to St Kilda Junction.[4]

As part of the St Kilda Junction separation works, the Wellington Street section was abandoned for a new section of track along the newly created Queens Way on 4 November 1968.[5]

During the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the route was merged with route 55 to West Coburg at Domain Interchange, to alleviate congestion along St Kilda Road.[6][7]

Melbourne tram route 5 evolution
Dates Route Notes
During PMTT operation Victoria Bridge to Riversdale Road
21 November 1929 - 15 April 1991 City (Victoria Street) to Malvern (Burke Rd) Rerouted to Queens Way on 11 April 1968
15 April 1991 - 17 January 1996 City (Queensberry/Swanston Street) to Malvern (Burke Rd) Some services terminated at Melbourne University
17 January 1996 - onwards Melbourne University to Malvern (Burke Rd)

RouteEdit

DescriptionEdit

Route 5 operates from Melbourne University travelling south through the CBD on Swanston Street via Melbourne Central station and Flinders Street stations. After crossing the Yarra River it continues south along St Kilda Road to St Kilda Junction, where it descends to Queens Way, Windsor and heads east, at Chapel Street, Queens Way becomes Dandenong Road. It continues east passing through Prahran, Armadale, Malvern and Malvern East to its terminus at Burke Road.

OperationEdit

Route 5 is operated out of Malvern depot by Z and D1 class trams.[2] It is occasionally operated by D2 class trams. From 19:00 the service only operates between Orrong Road and Malvern, with services timetabled to connect with route 64 services.

Route mapEdit

Melbourne Tram Route 5
Melbourne University - Malvern
via City, Windsor and Armadale
Free Tram Zone covers stops 8 to 13. Fare zone 1 applies from stop 1 to 7, 14 to 52.
Suburb
Street
Stop
No.
Melbourne University
Connections
 
continues as Tram 1 and 6
towards East Coburg and Moreland
Carlton
Swanston Street
1
 
Melbourne University
 
1, 3/3a, 6, 16
64, 67, 72
;  
401, 402
403, 546
3
 
Lincoln Square
4
 
Queensberry St
   
Victoria Street
No Service
Melbourne
Swanston Street
7
     
RMIT University
 
 
 
 
La Trobe Street
Tram 30, City Circle
St. Vincents Plaza  
   Docklands Stadium
 
 
   
 
Melbourne Central Station
8
 
Melbourne Central Station
10
 
Bourke Street Mall
  86, 96;  
Lonsdale St
buses
     
Bourke Street
Tram 86, 96
Melbourne Museum  
   Southern Cross Station
     
Collins Street
Tram 11, 12, 48, 109
St. Vincents Plaza  
   Victoria Harbour
11
 
City Square
     
Flinders Street
Tram 70, 75, City Circle
Vermont South/Wattle Park  
   Docklands
 
 
   
 
Flinders Street Station
13
 
Flinders Street Station
Southbank
St Kilda Road
14
     
Arts Precinct
  1;  
216, 219
220
   
Southbank Boulevard
Tram 1
 
   South Melbourne Beach
17
 
Grant Street - Police Memorial
19
 
Shrine of Remembrance
   
Park Street
Tram 58
 
   West Coburg
Melbourne
St Kilda Road
20
     
Domain Interchange
   
Domain Road
No Service (Temporary Closure)
21
 
Bowen Crescent
22
 
Toorak Road
   
Toorak Road
Tram 58
South Yarra/Toorak  
 
23
 
Arthur Street
24
 
Leopold Street
25
 
Commercial Road
  72;   216, 219, 220
   
Commercial Road
Tram 72
Gardiner/Camberwell  
 
26
 
Moubray Street
27
 
High Street
   
High Street
Tram 6
Glen Iris  
 
29
 
Union Street
St Kilda
St Kilda Road
30
     
St Kilda Junction
   
St Kilda Road
Tram 3/3a, 16, 67
 
   St Kilda Beach/Brighton Road
Windsor
Upton Road
31
     
Queens Way
 
Dandenong Road
32
 
 
 
 
Chapel Street
 
 
 
 
  Windsor Station
   
 
 
Chapel Street
Tram 78
North Richmond  
   Brighton Road
33
 
 
 
Hornby Street
34
 
 
 
 
The Avenue
35
 
 
 
 
Williams Road
Prahran
Dandenong Road
36
     
Closeburn Avenue
37
 
Lansdowne Road
Armadale
Dandenong Road
38
     
Orrong Road
40
 
Wattletree Road
   
Dandenong Road
Tram 64
 
   East Brighton
 
Wattletree Road
41
 
Armadale Street
42
 
Kooyong Road
43
 
 
 
 
Egerton Road
44
 
 
 
 
Duncraig Avenue
Malvern
Wattletree Road
45
 
 
 
 
 
Glenferrie Road
 
 
   
Glenferrie Road
Tram 16
Kew/Toorak  
   Hawthorn Junction
   
  Malvern Station
46
   
Nicholls Street
47
 
Cabrini Hospital
48
 
Dixon Street
Malvern East
Wattletree Road
49
     
Tooranga Road
50
 
Vincent Road
51
 
Erica Avenue
52
 
Burke Road
Suburb
Street
Stop
No.
Malvern
Connections


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Facts & figures Yarra Trams
  2. ^ a b Route 5 Yarra Trams
  3. ^ a b "Gunzel". www.classicaustraliantv.com. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  4. ^ Between the Wars Yarra Trams
  5. ^ Our Golden Years Yarra Trams
  6. ^ Changes to your tram service during the Commonwealth Games - March 2006 Yarra Trams
  7. ^ History of Melbourne Trams Routes from 1950 to 2009 Yarra Trams

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