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Melbourne tram route 70 is operated by Yarra Trams on the Melbourne tram network. It operates from Waterfront City Docklands to Wattle Park. The 16.5 kilometre route is operated by A and B class trams from Camberwell depot.[1][2]

Route 70
Waterfront City Docklands - Wattle Park
Icon for route 70.
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A class tram on Flinders Street
in September 2006
Overview
SystemMelbourne
OperatorYarra Trams
DepotCamberwell
VehicleA Class
B2 Class
Route
LocaleMelbourne, Australia
StartWaterfront City Docklands
ViaDocklands
Melbourne CBD (Flinders St)
Richmond
Burnley
Hawthorn
Hawthorn East
Camberwell
Surrey Hills
EndWattle Park
Length16.5 km (10.3 mi)
Service
Journey time45-65 minutes
OperatesDaily
Zone(s)Free Zone: Stops D11-D6, 1-7
Myki Zone 1: Stops 8-61
Annual patronage5.4 million
TimetableRoute 70 timetable
MapRoute 70 map
← Route 67  {{{system_nav}}}  Route 72 →

HistoryEdit

Most of the line currently used by route 70 was initially built and run by the Hawthorn Tramways Trust in 1916–17. It ran between the Batman Avenue terminus (opposite Flinders Street Station) to the intersection of Warrigul 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 and Metropolitan Tramways Board took over the line in 1920, and in 1928, extended the line a further 2 kilometers to Wattle Park at the Riversdale Road and Elgar Road intersection. [3] The track was extended a further to 1.9 kilometres to Wattle Park on 1 July 1928, by which stage it had been taken over by the Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board.[4] In 1934, the line was given the Route 70 designation, which it still holds today. [4][5]

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 MCG and Rod laver Arena. Extra sidings were also built along the route in order to accommodate special events.[6][7] On 5 January 2005, Route 70 was extended to Docklands Stadium, coinciding with the opening of the Docklands Drive tramway. Finally, on 20 September 2009, Route 70 was extended along Docklands Drive to its current route, where it terminates at Waterfront City.

Melbourne tram route 70 evolution
Dates Route Notes
9 December 1934 - 5 June 1999 Wattle Park to City (Batman Avenue)
6 June 1999 - 4 January 2005 Wattle Park to City (Flinders/Spencer Street)
5 January 2005 - 19 September 2009 Wattle Park to Etihad Stadium Docklands
20 September 2009 - onwards Wattle Park to Waterfront City Docklands

OperationEdit

Route 70 is run from Camberwell depot[8] and is predominantly run with A class trams, although B class trams are occasionally used. During the Australian Open, all services are run with B-class trams.

Route and MapEdit

From Waterfront City Docklands, 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.

Route 70
Wattle ParkWaterfront City
via Surrey Hills, Richmond & City
Free tram zone covers stops D11 to 6, fare zone 1 applies from stop 7A to 61
Suburb
Street
Stop
No.
Wattle Park
Connections
61
 
 
 
Elgar Road
 
201, 767
768, 903
60
 
Ferndale Street
59
 
Alandale Street
58
 
Wattle Park
57
 
Glendale Street
56
 
Warrigal Road
55
 
Union Road
  766
54
 
Through Road
  766
53
 
 
 
Essex Road
52
 
Lockhart Street
51
 
Highfield Road
50
 
Wattle Valley Road
49
 
Glyndon Road
48
 
Cooloongatta Road
47
 
Willow Grove
 
 
 
 
 
  Riversdale station
46
 
Riversdale station
44
 
Derby Street
43
 
Trafalgar Road
42
 
Fermanagh Road
41
 
Camberwell Market
  612
 
 
Camberwell Road
Tram 75
 
 
 
Burke Road
Tram 72
40
 
Camberwell Junction
 
 
Camberwell tram depot
39
 
 
 
Camberwell tram depot
38
 
Hastings Road
37
 
Tooranga Road
36
 
 
 
Auburn Road
  624
35
 
Robinson Road
34
 
Kooyongkoot Road
33
 
Berkeley Street
 
 
 
Glenferrie Road
Tram 16
32
 
Glenferrie Road
31
 
Fordholm Street
30
 
Through Street
29
 
 
 
Riversdale Junction
 
 
Power Street
Tram 75
 
   Bridge Road
 
 
Hawthorn tram depot
18
 
 
 
Yarra Boulevard
17
 
Madden Grove
16
 
Park Grove
15
 
Stawell Street
 
  Burnley station
14
 
Burnley station
13
 
Edinburgh Street
12
 
Coppin Street
 
 
 
Church Street
Tram 78
11
 
East Richmond station
 
  East Richmond station
10
 
Swan Street Shopping Centre
9
 
Lennox Street
8
 
Richmond station
 
  Richmond station
7E
 
 
 
Punt Road
  246
 
 
Swan Street
Pre-1999 Alignment
 
Melbourne Park
7D
 
AAMI Park
7C
 
MCG/Melbourne Arena
7B
 
Rod Laver Arena
7A
 
William Barak Bridge
Zone 1
Free Tram Zone
 
 
 
Flinders Street
Tram 75, City Circle
 
   Vermont South
6
 
Russell Street
 
 
 
Swanston Street
Tram 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72
5
 
Flinders Street station
  1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72
 
  Flinders Street station
 
 
 
Elizabeth Street
Tram 19, 57, 59
4
 
Flinders Street station
3
 
Market Street
 
 
 
Market Street
Tram 58
2
 
King Street
1
 
Spencer Street
 
 
 
Spencer Street
Tram 12, 96, 109
D6
 
 
 
Flinders Street West
  232, 235, 237
 
McCrae Street
D5
 
The Goods Shed
D4
 
Docklands Park
 
 
 
Collins Street
Tram 11, 48
D3
 
Docklands Stadium/Bourke Street Docklands
 
 
La Trobe Street
Tram 30, City Circle, 86
D2
 
Central Pier
 
 
Footscray Road Siding
 
Docklands Drive
D10
 
NewQuay
D11
 
The District
Suburb
Street
Stop
No.
Waterfront City
Connections
Note: Green denotes free tram zone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Facts & figures Yarra Trams
  2. ^ Route 70 Yarra Trams
  3. ^ "Camberwell City Council". Camberwell and Hawthorn Advertiser. 2 June 1917. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Melbourne's Two Batman Avenue Tramways 1916 and 1999" Trolley Wire issue 278 August 1999 pages 3–15
  5. ^ "Exhibition Street Extension Opening" (PDF). www.transurban.com.au. 26 October 1999. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-17. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ Changes to Routes 48 & 70 from Sunday 20 September 2009 Yarra Trams
  7. ^ History of Melbourne Trams Routes from 1950 to 2009 Yarra Trams
  8. ^ "Camberwell Depot", Vicsig, retrieved 10 October 2011

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