South Kensington railway station, MelbourneEdit profile
South Kensington is a railway station in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is located on the Werribee and Williamstown lines in the suburb of Kensington. The station is unmanned with very basic waiting facilities, and is located in Metcard ticketing Zone 1. A majority of Sydenham line trains bypass the station, running along a pair of tracks located to the north.
South Kensington has two side platforms, with access provided by a pedestrian underpass at the Flinders Street end; Platform 1 is provided with a number of bus stop style shelters, on a narrow platform on stilts. Platform 2 is wider with a single bus stop style shelter. A coin-only Metcard ticket vending machine and two validators are located in the underpass, in addition to a Myki terminal.
Freight lines exist to the south of the station, the closest are used by V/Line to reverse empty trains from Traralgon and Bairnsdale line services, while the ones further south are used by a variety of standard gauge freight operators. The lines to the east join Melbourne Yard while those to the west are the South Kensington-West Footscray line that leads to either South Dynon or West Footscray via the Bunbury Street tunnel.
Platforms, services and connecting bus service
- Suburban Metro Trains services to Flinders Street
- Suburban Metro Trains services to Werribee and Williamstown
- 402 Footscray – East Melbourne via Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne, Royal Women's Hospital, Carlton Gardens (every day). Operated by Sita Bus Lines.
South Kensington opened in 1891. Private sidings around South Kensington included the Four and Twenty Pies factory to the north east (now demolished and an industrial park), a warehouse and silos the east (open but now not rail served), and two sidings to the north: Kensington Abattoirs and Kenstore (the first in the process of demolition, the second now residential)
The current configuration dates from 1976 when the line between South Kensington and Footscray was quadruplicated. On 17 December 2004 the last X'trapolis 100 to be handed over to Connex (now Metro Trains Melbourne) made a special trip from Flinders Street to South Kensington and back again, via the City Loop.