Melbourne tram route 72

Melbourne tram route 72 is operated by Yarra Trams on the Melbourne tram network. It operates from Melbourne University to Camberwell. The 16.8 kilometre route is operated by Z and D class trams from Malvern depot.[1][2]

Route 72
Melbourne University - Camberwell
Icon for route 72.
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D1 class tram on Swanston Street
in December 2014
Overview
SystemMelbourne
OperatorYarra Trams
DepotMalvern
VehicleZ3 class
D1 class
Began service1 November 1970
Route
Length16.8 km (10.4 mi)
TimetableRoute 72 timetable
MapRoute 72 map
← Route 70  {{{system_nav}}}  Route 75 →

HistoryEdit

Route 72 was first allocated to the line between Camberwell (Burke Road) and the City (Swanston Street) on 1 November 1970. Prior to that, the line to Camberwell was serviced by Route 7. The change was at first due to operations of the Camberwell line being shifted from Malvern Depot to Camberwell Depot. Even though the route was subsequently returned to Malvern in 1979, the number 72 was kept. Before 1970, Route 72 was a short-working of the Wattle Park line, for trams that terminated at Riversdale instead of Wattle Park.[3] 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 72 trams were altered run full-time to Melbourne University.[3]

The origins of route 72 lie in separate tram lines. The section of track between Queensberry Street (Stop 4) and Commercial Road (Stop 25) 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 Commercial Road 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 Prahran & Malvern Tramways Trust constructed the Malvern Road line between St Kilda Road and Gardiner (Stop 50) on 8 April 1915. This line was extended to Camberwell Railway Station (Stop 64) on 6 December 1917, and then to Cotham Road on 7 March 1918.

In response to the State Government's Melbourne 2030 planning policy, the Public Transport Users Association lobbied to extend route 72 north to Doncaster Road and Ivanhoe station, and south to Caulfield.[4]

Melbourne tram route 72 evolution
Dates Route Notes
9 December 1934 - 31 October 1970 Riversdale to City (Batman Avenue)
1 November 1970 - 14 April 1991 Camberwell to City (Swanston/Victoria Streets) via Malvern/Burke Roads
15 April 1991 - 16 January 1996 Camberwell to City (Swanston/Queensberry Streets) via Malvern/Burke Roads
17 January 1996 - onwards Camberwell to Melbourne University via Malvern/Burke Roads

Line GuideEdit

Melbourne Tram Route 72
Melbourne University - Camberwell
via City, Malvern & Glen Iris
Free tram zone covers stops 8 to 13, fare zone 1 applies from stop 1 to 7, 14 to 70
Suburb
Street
Stop
No.
Melbourne University
Connections
 
continues as Tram 1 & 6
towards East Coburg & Moreland
1
 
Melbourne University
 
1, 3/3a, 5, 6
16, 64, 67
;  
401, 402
403, 546
3
 
Lincoln Square
4
 
Queensberry Street
 
 
Victoria Street
No Service
7
 
 
 
RMIT University
 
 
 
 
La Trobe Street
Tram 30, City Circle
 
 
 
 
 
Melbourne Central station
8
 
Melbourne Central station
10
 
Bourke Street Mall
 
 
 
Bourke Street
Tram 86, 96
 
 
 
Collins Street
Tram 11, 12, 48, 109
11
 
Collins Street
 
 
 
Flinders Street
Tram 70, 75, City Circle
 
 
 
 
 
Flinders Street station
13
 
Flinders Street station
14
 
 
 
Arts Precinct
  1;  
216, 219
220
 
 
Southbank Boulevard
Tram 1
17
 
Grant Street - Police Memorial
19
 
Shrine of Remembrance
 
 
Park Street
Tram 58
 
   West Coburg
20
 
 
 
Domain Interchange
 
 
Domain Road
No Service (Temporary Closure)
21
 
Bowen Crescent
22
 
Toorak Road
 
 
Toorak Road
Tram 58
Toorak  
 
23
 
Arthur Street
24
 
Leopold Street
25
 
Commercial Road
 
3/3a, 5, 6, 16
64, 67
;  
216, 219
220
 
 
St Kilda Road
Tram 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67
 
Commercial Road
26
 
Alfred Hospital
South Yarra
Commercial Road
27
 
 
 
Punt Road
  246
28
 
Braille Library
29
 
Porter Street
 
 
 
 
  Prahran station
30
 
Prahran Market
31
 
Chapel Street
 
 
 
Chapel Street
Tram 78
 
Malvern Road
32
 
Surrey Road
33
 
Francis Street
34
 
Williams Road
Toorak
Malvern Road
35
 
 
 
Mathoura Road
36
 
A'Beckett Street
37
 
Toorak station
  220, 605
 
 
 
 
  Toorak station
38
 
Clendon Road
39
 
Irving Road
40
 
Kooyong Road
41
 
Albany Road
42
 
Lauriston Girls' School
43
 
Glenferrie Road
 
 
 
Glenferrie Road
Tram 16
Malvern
Malvern Road
44
 
 
 
Plant Street
45
 
Elizabeth Street
46
 
Meredith Street
Glen Iris
Malvern Road
47
 
 
 
Tooranga Road
  624
48
 
Edgar Street
49
 
Kenilworth Grove
50
 
Burke Road
 
 
 
 
  Gardiner station
 
Burke Road
51
 
Gardiner station
52
 
Harris Avenue
53
 
 
 
Faircroft Avenue
54
 
Toorak Road
55
 
Middle Road
56
 
Anderson Road
57
 
Pine Avenue
58
 
Leura Grove
59
 
Seymour Grove
60
 
Campbell Road
61
 
Riversdale Road
 
 
 
Riversdale Road
Tram 70, 75
62
 
Camberwell Shopping Centre
63
 
Prospect Hill Road
 
 
 
 
  Camberwell station
64
 
Camberwell station
65
 
Victoria Road
66
 
 
 
Rathmines Road
67
 
Camberwell Girls Grammar School
68
 
 
 
Mont Albert Road
69
 
Sackville Street
70
 
Cotham Road
  109,   548
 
 
 
Cotham Road
Tram 109
Suburb
Street
Stop
No.
Camberwell
Connections

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Facts & figures Yarra Trams
  2. ^ Route 72 Yarra Trams
  3. ^ a b "Gunzel". www.classicaustraliantv.com. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  4. ^ "The Real Transport Challenges: A Call for a Vision" (PDF), Public Transport Users Association, p. 56, retrieved 3 November 2011

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