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Clifton Hill
Clifton Hill Railway Station 01.jpg
Northbound from Platform 2 in October 2008
Location Hoddle Street, Clifton Hill
Coordinates 37°47′19″S 144°59′43″E / 37.7887°S 144.9954°E / -37.7887; 144.9954
Owned by VicTrack
Operated by Metro
Line(s) Mernda
Distance 6.60 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms 2 side
Tracks 2
Connections Bus
Structure type Ground
Parking 90
Bicycle facilities 17
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Premium station
Station code CHL
Fare zone Myki zone 1
Website Public Transport Victoria
Opened 8 May 1888 (1888-05-08)
Electrified Yes
Passengers (2008-2009) 1.001 million
Passengers (2009-2010) 1.030 million Increase 2.9%
Passengers (2010-2011) 1.088 million Increase 5.63%
Passengers (2011-2012) 0.982 million Decrease 9.74%
Passengers (2012-2013) Not measured
Passengers (2013-2014) 0.964 million Decrease 1.83%
Preceding station Metro Trains Following station
Victoria Park Mernda line Rushall
towards Mernda
Hurstbridge line Westgarth
towards Hurstbridge

Clifton Hill railway station is located on the Mernda and Hurstbridge lines in Victoria, Australia. It serves the north-eastern Melbourne suburb of Clifton Hill, and opened on 8 May 1888. The station serves as a junction, where the two lines separate immediately north of the station.


Clifton Hill railway station opened on 8 May 1888. The station was damaged by fire in December 1981, although the heritage registered verandah escaped serious damage. The station was renovated in 1990, with a matching verandah built on the western platform (Platform 2). Boom barriers replaced interlocked gates at the Ramsden Street level crossing in 1992. Signal boxes "A" and "B" were also abolished in May 1992, with semaphore signals replaced by coloured light signals. It was upgraded to a Premium station on 25 June 1996.

It is listed on the Register of the National Estate. It is an intact example of a Victorian Tudor style suburban railway station, and is one of eleven that were originally built in 1887–89. It is the only example that still retains the original corrugated iron wings on either side of the main building. The timber verandah on the eastern platform (Platform 1) is also considered architecturally rare. Other features of the complex include two timber-framed gabled roofed signal boxes (built in 1888 and 1901), located on either side of Platform 2, and the original swinging railway gates (not in use since 1992). One signal box was for the operation of the former level crossing gates across Heidelberg Road, which was replaced by an overpass in 1957. The other signal box serviced the level crossing at Ramsden Street.

Clifton Hill was once part of the Inner Circle line. The Hurstbridge line, between Clifton Hill and Westgarth, was duplicated in 2008/09, and included a bridge over Merri Creek. It was opened by then Premier, John Brumby, and then Transport Minister, Lynne Kosky, on 27 January 2009.

Platforms & services

Clifton Hill has two side platforms, connected by an underpass. Platform 1 contains an enclosed waiting area, while Platform 2 contains a semi-enclosed waiting area and toilets. It is serviced by Metro Trains' Mernda and Hurstbridge line services.

Platform 1:

  • Mernda line: all stations and limited stops services to Flinders Street
  • Hurstbridge line: all stations and limited stops services to Flinders Street

Platform 2:

  • Mernda line: all stations and limited stops services to Mernda
  • Hurstbridge line: all stations and limited stops services to Hurstbridge

Transport links

Dysons operates two routes via Clifton Hill station:

  • 504: to Moonee Ponds Junction
  • 546: Heidelberg station – University of Melbourne Tram Stop (off peak extension to Queen Victoria Market)

Transdev Melbourne operates one route via Clifton Hill station:

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