North Melbourne railway station

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North Melbourne is a railway station located on the northern edge of the central business district of Melbourne, Australia. The station is the point through which pass the west and north-west bound Craigieburn, Flemington Racecourse, Sydenham, Werribee, Williamstown and Upfield suburban railway lines, as well as an interchange point with the Victorian regional network. The station is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Facilities
Actually situated in West Melbourne, the station's main entrance is at the south end of the platforms at the intersection of Adderley and Dryburgh Streets. At the north end is a now closed exit to Ireland Street and Railway Place which was the main entry until 2009, the station also has a western exit leading to the Melbourne Yard rail freight terminal which is not open to public access. The main station concourse runs above the south end of the platforms, with escalator and lift access down to them. At the north end are 1970s era brown brick buildings on the former Dynon Road overpass, which housed the booking office and kiosk until November 2009, when they were moved to the new concourse at the south end. Also in the building is a former railway parcels office, and public toilets. From the north end brick ramps run downward to the platforms, where platforms 2 though 6 have heritage listed verandas and waiting rooms.

Platforms/Services
Note: Trains are subject to depart from different platforms or run express through the station during peak hours Platform 1:
  • Upfield line / Craigieburn line - all stations services to Flinders Street
  • Seymour line - InterUrban services to Southern Cross
  • Shepparton line - InterCity services to Southern Cross
Platform 2:
  • Craigieburn line - all stations and limited stops services to Broadmeadows and Craigieburn
  • Upfield line - all stations services to Upfield
  • Seymour line - InterUrban services to Kilmore East and Seymour
  • Shepparton line - InterCity services to Shepparton
Platform 3:
  • Sydenham line - all stations services to Flinders Street
  • Ballarat line / Bendigo line - InterUrban services to Southern Cross
  • Echuca line / Swan Hill line - InterCity services to Southern Cross
Platform 4:
  • Sydenham line - all stations and limited stops services to Sunshine, St Albans and Watergardens
  • Ballarat line - InterUrban services to Bacchus Marsh, Ballarat and Wendouree
  • Ararat line - InterCity services to Ararat
  • Bendigo line - InterUrban services to Sunbury, Kyneton, Bendigo and Eaglehawk
  • Echuca line - InterCity services to Echuca
  • Swan Hill line - InterCity services to Swan Hill
Platform 5:
  • Werribee line / Williamstown line / Flemington Racecourse line - all stations services to Flinders Street
  • Geelong line - InterUrban services to Southern Cross
  • Warrnambool line - InterCity services to Southern Cross
Platform 6:
  • Werribee line - all stations and limited stops services to Werribee
  • Williamstown line - all stations services to Williamstown
  • Geelong line - InterUrban services to Geelong, South Geelong and Marshall
  • Warrnambool line - InterCity services to Warrnambool
  • Flemington Racecourse line - limited stops services to the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds and Flemington Racecourse during special events


Connecting Bus Services
From Dryburgh St:
  • 401 to University of Melbourne via the Royal Children's Hospital
From Dynon Rd:
  • 216 to Brighton Beach
  • 219 to Gardenvale
From Spencer St:
  • 216 to Caroline Springs
  • 219 to Sunshine Park


History
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 January 13, 1859. The first passenger station with two platforms was opened on December 6, 1859, and the present six platform station was opened on June 9, 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 masters office was located near the ramp to platform 1, and men's toilets and porters offices were located under the ramps themselves. The bridge over the railway line at the down end was originally a road bridge. The suburban train stabling yard near the station was opened in December 1973 as part of the City Loop project. The washing plant and additional sidings in 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 platform 1 and 2 were altered, and the platform extended to the north. The station was upgraded to Premium Station status on July 19, 1996. On 15 May 2006, it was announced that the station is to be redeveloped as part of a $36 million dollar project. Works include a new main entrance at the southern end of the station with new escalators, stairs and lifts installed for quicker access to other platforms and to help disabled passengers. Work started in May 2007 and completion was originally expected in 2010. To aid construction and avoid disruption to train passengers a large temporary structure was erected over the tracks, to permit trains to continue running normally underneath while building work continued overhead. In March 2008 the 401 shuttle bus service commenced operations from North Melbourne station to the Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of Melbourne in Carlton and Parkville, enabling commuters to avoid travelling though the city loop. It is the first bus route in Melbourne that requires pre-purchased Metcards. The new southern concourse opened for interchange use only on September 7, 2009 with the new entry to the station (and closure of the old one to the north) occurring on November 16.

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