Flemington Bridge railway station, Melbourne

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Flemington Bridge is a railway station in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on the Upfield railway line. The station is in the northernmost corner of the suburb of North Melbourne, Victoria near its border with Flemington and Parkville. Flemington Bridge is unmanned and is in Metcard Zone 1.


Facilities

Flemington Bridge is located on an embankment between two rail bridges. The rail tracks heading in to the southern end of the station cross over Racecourse Road and Tram route 57. The tracks heading north out of the station cross Mount Alexander Road and tram route 59. The station is accessible from Mount Alexander Road.


The station consists of two elevated side platforms; Platform 1 has a large weatherboard building, while platform 2 has a smaller weatherboard building. Small coin-only Metcard vending machines are located at the entrances to both platforms, which dispenses only selected ticketing options. It is one of few stations in Melbourne which does not have larger Metcard vending machines.


The CityLink tollway overpass is a short distance west of the station.


Platforms and services

Platform 1:


  • Upfield line - all stations services to Flinders Street

Platform 2:


  • Upfield line - all stations services to Upfield

Tram services

  • 57 - West Maribyrnong
  • 57 - City, Flinders Street Station/Elizabeth Street
  • 59 - Airport West
  • 59 - City, Flinders Street Station/Elizabeth Street

History

Flemington Bridge station opened on 10 April 1885 as Flemington. It was renamed Flemington Bridge later the same year. Permanent station buildings were erected at the station in 1886, with timber stairs leading to Boundary Road and Mount Alexander Road.


In 1891 the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways recommended the construction of a spur line from Flemington Bridge to Pascoe Vale station to relieve crowding on the Essendon line at peak times, as well as providing a shorter alternative route to the city, following the route of what is now CityLink. The committee estimated the single track line would cost £93,211 to build, but recommended that only £30,000 be spent with the remainder to be made up by donated land. However the proposal was not taken up by government.


The current station building with a asbestos cement roof was provided in 1944, at the same time the stairs were replaced by asphalted ramps.


During CityLink construction in 1997 a crossover was provided near the Mount Alexander Road bridge to allow Upfield line trains to terminate with passengers shuttled by bus to Newmarket to continue their journey. This was to allow construction of the elevated road between Flemington and North Melbourne. During this time three-car Hitachi trains were used on the Upfield line.

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