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North Melbourne
Commuter and regional rail station
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Station front in November 2009
Station statistics
Address Railway Place, West Melbourne, Victoria
Australia
Coordinates 37°48′23″S 144°56′28″E / 37.8063°S 144.9411°E / -37.8063; 144.9411Coordinates: 37°48′23″S 144°56′28″E / 37.8063°S 144.9411°E / -37.8063; 144.9411
Lines Craigieburn
Flemington Racecourse (special events only)
Sunbury
Upfield
Werribee
Williamstown
Structure Ground
Platforms 6 (2 side, 2 island)
Tracks 6
Other information
Opened 6 October 1859
Electrified Yes
Code NME
Owned by VicTrack
Fare zone 1
Station status Premium station
Traffic
Passengers (2008-2009) 0.686 million
Passengers (2009-2010) 0.845 million Increase 23.18%
Passengers (2010-2011) 1.091 million Increase 29.11%
Passengers (2011-2012) 1.258 million Increase 15.38%
Passengers (2012-2013) Not measured
Passengers (2013-2014) 1.479 million Increase 14.94%
Services
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North Melbourne railway station is located on the northern edge of the central business district of Melbourne, Australia. The station is a major interchange point with the Craigieburn, Flemington Racecourse, Sunbury, Upfield, Werribee and Williamstown lines all servicing the station. It opened on 6 October 1859, and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Station overview

Facilities

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Schematic diagram of the station

Located in West Melbourne, the main station entrance is at the south end of the platforms at the intersection of Adderley and Dryburgh Streets. This building contains the main booking office, public toilets and a kiosk, with platform access via escalators and lifts. From the north end brick ramps links the platforms, and platforms 2 through 6 have heritage listed verandas and brick waiting rooms.

At the north end of the station are 1970s era brown brick buildings built over the former Dynon Road overpass, which contains public toilets and a former railway parcels office. Until November 2009 this building also housed the main exit to Ireland Street and Railway Place, along with the booking office and kiosk, until they were moved to the current concourse at the south end. The north end also has exit leading west to the Melbourne Yard rail freight terminal, which is not open to public access.

History

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Construction work on the new southern concourse in February 2008
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View from Platform 6 in May 2007

The first railway through the site of North Melbourne station was today's Williamstown line and the first section of the Melbourne, Mount Alexander and Murray River Railway Company line (to Sunbury), both opened on 13 January 1859. The first passenger station with two platforms was opened on 6 December 1859, and the present six platform station was opened on 9 June 1886.

The new station was of free classical architecture, with red brick was used with cream brick banding, along with verandas and cast iron lace work. As built in 1886 North Melbourne had six platforms, with four platform buildings containing ladies toilets and a ladies waiting room. The main booking office, waiting room, and station master's office was located near the ramp to platform 1, and men's toilets and porters' offices were located under the ramps themselves.

The suburban train stabling yard near the station was opened in December 1973 as part of the City Loop project. The footbridge that links the sidings with the Macaulay maintenance centre also opened around this time. The washing plant and additional sidings in Melbourne Yard were made operational in May 1995, as part of the Jolimont Yard rationalisation.

The station buildings on the northern concourse were constructed in 1974, and in the 1980s as part of the construction works for the City Loop the ramps to Platforms 1 and 2 were altered, and the platform extended north.

It was upgraded to a Premium station on 19 July 1996.

In May 2006, it was announced that the station was to be redeveloped as part of a $36 million project. Work included a new main entrance at the southern end of the station with escalators, stairs and lifts installed for quicker access to other platforms and to help disabled passengers. Work started in May 2007 and was completed on 16 November 2009. To aid construction and avoid disruption to train passengers a crash deck was erected over the tracks, to permit trains to continue running normally underneath while building work continued overhead.

In March 2008 Sita Buslines' route 401 started operating from North Melbourne station to the Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of Melbourne in Carlton and Parkville, enabling commuters to avoid travelling via the City Loop.

From December 2013, V/Line Geelong and Warrnambool services no longer stopped at the station, due to the opening of the first section of the Regional Rail Link between Southern Cross and South Kensington, which by-passed North Melbourne. On 11 July 2014, Ballarat, Ararat, Bendigo, Swan Hill and Echuca line services also ceased stopping at North Melbourne, having been switched to the Regional Rail Link tracks

In November 2017, the state government announced that as part of the Metro Tunnel project, North Melbourne would be renamed West Melbourne, to better reflect its geographical location, and to allow a nearby new station to be named North Melbourne. The name change plan was later abandoned.

Platforms & services

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Station platform in 2017

North Melbourne has six platforms. It is serviced by Metro Trains' Craigieburn, Sunbury, Upfield, Werribee and Williamstown services and V/Line Seymour and Shepparton services.

Platform 1:

  •  Craigieburn line  all stations services to Flinders Street
  •  Upfield line  all stations services to Flinders Street
  •  Flemington Racecourse line  services to Southern Cross (special event days only)
  • <span style="background-color:#Lua error: expandTemplate: template "V/Line color" does not exist.; border:1px solid #Lua error: expandTemplate: template "V/Line color" does not exist.;"> Seymour line  Weekday only V/Line services to Southern Cross (set down only)
  • <span style="background-color:#Lua error: expandTemplate: template "V/Line color" does not exist.; border:1px solid #Lua error: expandTemplate: template "V/Line color" does not exist.;"> Shepparton line  Weekday only V/Line services to Southern Cross (set down only)

Platform 2:

  •  Craigieburn line  all stations services to Craigieburn
  •  Upfield line  all stations services to Upfield
  •  Flemington Racecourse line  express services to Showgrounds and/or Flemington Racecourse (special event days only)
  • <span style="background-color:#Lua error: expandTemplate: template "V/Line color" does not exist.; border:1px solid #Lua error: expandTemplate: template "V/Line color" does not exist.;"> Seymour line  Weekday only V/Line services to Seymour (pick up only)
  • <span style="background-color:#Lua error: expandTemplate: template "V/Line color" does not exist.; border:1px solid #Lua error: expandTemplate: template "V/Line color" does not exist.;"> Shepparton line  Weekday only V/Line services to Shepparton (pick up only)

Platform 3:

  •  Sunbury line  all stations services to Flinders Street
  • <span style="background-color:#Lua error: expandTemplate: template "V/Line color" does not exist.; border:1px solid #Lua error: expandTemplate: template "V/Line color" does not exist.;"> Seymour line  V/Line services to Southern Cross (set down only)

Platform 4:

  •  Sunbury line  all stations and limited stop services to Watergardens & Sunbury

Platform 5:

  •  Craigieburn line  all stations services to Flinders Street
  •  Werribee line  all stations services to Flinders Street
  •  Williamstown line  all stations services to Flinders Street
  •  Flemington Racecourse line  all stations services to Flinders Street (special event days only)

Platform 6:

  •  Craigieburn line  all stations services to Craigieburn
  •  Werribee line  all stations and limited stops services to Laverton & Werribee
  •  Williamstown line  all stations services to Williamstown
  •  Flemington Racecourse line  express services to Showgrounds and/or Flemington Racecourse (special event days only)

Transport links

Sita Buslines operates one route to and from North Melbourne station:

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