Melbourne tram route 70 is operated by Yarra Trams on the Melbourne tram network from Waterfront City to Wattle Park. The 16.5 kilometre route is operated out of Camberwell depot with A and B class trams.
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Most of the line currently used by route 70 was initially built and run by the Hawthorn Tramways Trust (HTT) in 1916–17. It ran between the Batman Avenue terminus (opposite Flinders Street station) to the intersection of Warrigal Road (then Boundary Road) and Riversdale Road. At the time, the HTT's Batman Avenue line was Melbourne's only electric tram line that reached the CBD. The Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board took over the line in 1920, and in 1928, extended the line a further two kilometres to Wattle Park at the Riversdale Road and Elgar Road intersection. In 1934, the line was given the route 70 designation, which it still holds today.
On 6 June 1999 it was diverted to operate via the Exhibition Street extension with a four-lane divided road built over the Jolimont Yard, enabling Batman Avenue west of Melbourne Park to be closed with route 70 extended to terminate at the intersection of Flinders and Spencer Streets. This new route was better able to serve all of the Melbourne Park venues such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Rod Laver Arena. Extra sidings were also built along the route in order to accommodate special events.
On 4 May 2003, it was extended to the corner of Spencer and La Trobe Streets., on 5 January 2005, to Docklands Stadium and on 20 September 2009 to Waterfront City.
From Waterfront City, the route runs along Docklands Drive, Harbour Esplanade and Flinders Street in the city, behind Melbourne Park at Richmond and then along Swan Street and Riversdale Road through Hawthorn and Camberwell to the eastern end of Wattle Park, terminating at Elgar Road.
|9 December 1934 - 5 June 1999||Wattle Park to City (Batman Avenue)|
|6 June 1999 - 4 January 2005||Wattle Park to City (Flinders / Spencer Streets)|
|5 January 2005 - 19 September 2009||Wattle Park to Docklands Stadium|
|20 September 2009 - present||Wattle Park to Waterfront City|
Route 70 is operated out of Camberwell depot with A class trams, although B class trams are occasionally used. During the Australian Open it is operated by B class trams for extra capacity. Additional services run between Melbourne Park and the city. These services are signed as Route 70a and run a mix of B and E class trams.
|Wattle Park – Waterfront City|
via Surrey Hills, Richmond & City
Free tram zone covers stops D11 to 6, fare zone 1 applies from stop 7A to 61
|Note: Green denotes free tram zone|
- ^ Camberwell City Council Camberwell & Hawthorn Advertiser 2 June 1917
- ^ a b Melbourne's Two Batman Avenue Tramways 1916 and 1999 Trolley Wire issue 278 August 1999 pages 3–15
- ^ Exhibition Street Extension Opening Transurban 26 October 1999
- ^ Goodbye, Batman Avenue Trams Transit Australia June 1999 pages 127-129
- ^ Batman Avenue Trams Relocated Newsrail July 1999 page 197
- ^ Opening of the Tram Route 70 Diversion Transit Australia July 1999 pages 182/183
- ^ Changes to Routes 48 & 70 from Sunday 20 September 2009 Yarra Trams
- ^ History of Melbourne Trams Routes from 1950 to 2009 Yarra Trams
- ^ Services Transit Australia July 2003 page 196
- ^ Tram infrastructure works Railway Digest April 2010 page 8
- ^ Camberwell Depot Vicsig
- ^ Facts & figures Yarra Trams
- ^ Route 70 Yarra Trams
- ^ Australian Open 2020 Yarra Trams
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