Richmond railway station, Melbourne

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Richmond railway station, Melbourne
Richmond station is located in the suburb of Richmond, and is built on an embankment immediately east of Punt Road with platforms extending west across the Punt Road railway bridge. Richmond station has ten platforms connected by three subways, and is the junction of all of Melbourne's eastern and south eastern rail lines, with trains on the Frankston, Glen Waverley, Pakenham, Sandringham, Cranbourne, Belgrave, Lilydale and Alamein lines passing through the station. Located 2.4 km from Flinders Street Station, Melbourne's central suburban railway station, Richmond station is located close to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Punt Road Oval and Melbourne Park, so is often busy during sporting and other special events. Tram route 70 runs past Richmond Station along Swan Street. Punt Road underpasses directly under the station via a major interchange with Swan Street and Brunton Avenue.

Platforms and services
Platform 1:
  • Metro services towards Flinders Street
Platform 2:
  • Metro services towards Sandringham
Platform 3:
  • Metro services towards Flinders Street
  • V/Line Gippsland line services towards Southern Cross
Platform 4:
  • Metro services towards Frankston. (Some peak hour services terminate at Moorabbin and Carrum)
  • V/Line Gippsland line services towards Traralgon. Some services extend to Bairnsdale
Platform 5:
  • Metro services towards Flinders Street
  • V/Line Gippsland line services towards Southern Cross
Platform 6:
  • Metro services towards Cranbourne and Pakenham. (Some peak hour services terminate at Oakleigh and Dandenong)
  • V/Line Gippsland line services towards Traralgon. Some services extend to Bairnsdale
Platforms 7 and 8:
  • Metro services towards Flinders Street
Platforms 9 and 10:
  • Metro services towards Lilydale, Belgrave and Glen Waverley. (Some peak hour services terminate at Blackburn, Ringwood, Mooroolbark and Upper Ferntree Gully)


Tram services
  • 70 - Docklands (Bourke Street) via Swan Street, Melbourne Park, Flinders Street and Harbour Esplanade
  • 70 - Wattle Park (Elgar Road) via Swan Street and Riversdale Road


Bus Services
  • 246 to Elsternwick


History
Richmond station has been relocated and rebuilt four times. The first station in Punt Road was at ground level and opened on 8 February 1859. It closed the same year on 12 December 1859. On the same day the new station, also at ground level, opened in Swan Street. In 1885, an elevated station just north of Swan Street was opened with six platforms. By the 1930s the station was struggling with the patronage, with the 1940 Ashworth Improvement Plan recommending that it be rebuilt but funding issues during World War II prevented it from happening. The station had also deteriorated to the point that it was condemned by the local council, and so work begun in the 1950s on a replacement. Part of Operation Phoenix, the postwar rebuilding of Victorian Railways, it was not until 26 March 1960 that the present station was completed. Located slightly west of the previous station, the bridges at each end of the station across Punt Road and Swan Street were also rebuilt to accommodate the ten tracks. For a period, platforms at both the old and new stations operated, before the original station finally closed and was demolished. The station was upgraded to Premium Station status on 4 December 1996. The condition of Richmond station was criticised again in 2005, with claims made that it served as a poor gateway for spectators watching the 2006 Commonwealth Games. The Victorian Government considered redeveloping the station, but was shelved due to the cost.

Film
Richmond station was the filming location for the opening scene of the 1992 Australian film Romper Stomper . In the film's story the location was named as Footscray station.

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