Melbourne tram route 55
|Began service||30 April 1995|
|Ended service||30 April 2017|
|Predecessors||Route 56 (1946-1995)|
|Timetable||Route 55 timetable|
|Map||Route 55 map|
Route 55 was a tram route on the Melbourne tram network. The 12.5 kilometre route operated between Coburg West and Domain Interchange, was operated out of Essendon depot with Z and B-class trams. It ceased on 30 April 2017 and was replaced by route 58.
Proposals for a tram or railway route to West Coburg date to the late 19th century. Construction of the tramway began in 1923, initially only to Brunswick West, then extended to Bell Street in 1927. The tramway was extended south to St Kilda Road during World War II to alleviate congestion during the war. Proposed extensions north of Bell Street have not been constructed.
Until November 1986, route 55 operated from West Coburg to St Kilda Beach via William Street, St Kilda Road and Fitzroy Street. Route 56 offered a truncated service that ran from West Coburg to Domain Road. Following the opening of a terminating platform at Domain Interchange on 14 November 1986, through-routing to St Kilda Beach was discontinued.
Between 1971 and July 2005 route 55 and 56 (before 1986) only operated on Mondays to Saturdays. On Sundays, the section from West Coburg to the city was covered by route 68.
During the 2006 Commonwealth Games the route was merged with route 5 to Malvern to alleviate congestion along St Kilda Road.
On 30 April 2017 as part of works associated with the closure of Domain Interchange and construction of Anzac railway station, route 55 ceased. It was replaced by route 58 that traversed the same route as route 55, and then continued south from Domain Interchange to Toorak, partly replacing route 8.
|1946 - 14 November 1986||St Kilda Beach to West Coburg||via William Street|
|15 November 1986 - 6 August 2005||Domain Interchange to West Coburg||Monday - Saturday (and Public Holidays with a Saturday timetable)|
|8 August 2005 - 11 March 2006||Domain Interchange to West Coburg||Full-time service|
|12 March 2006 - 26 March 2006||Malvern to West Coburg||Temporarily extended from Domain Interchange to Malvern during Commonwealth Games, replacing part of route 5|
|27 March 2006 - 30 April 2017||Domain Interchange to West Coburg||Merged with route 8 as route 58|
The route ran along Melville Road from the Bell Street intersection, then Dawson Street, Grantham Street, through to Royal Park along a scenic track passing the Royal Park Golf Course and the Melbourne Zoo, coming out at Flemington Road where it intersected Abbotsford Street, then it travelled along Peel Street, William Street, Flinders Lane, Market Street, Queens Bridge, Queensbridge Street, Kings Way and finally Park Street before terminating at the Domain Interchange.
Route 68 was a Sunday-only version of the route 55 service from West Coburg, diverting at Haymarket roundabout to operate along Elizabeth Street to Flinders Street station, instead of along William Street from Domain Interchange. First operated on 6 July 1971, the route was withdrawn on 31 July 2005 when route 55 was altered to operate seven days a week.
Routes 55 was operated out of Essendon depot with Z and B class trams.
|Trams are not wheelchair accessible. Free Tram Zone covers stops 10 to 1. Fare zone 1 applies from stop 45 to 11, and 112 to 20.|
|Route map is not to scale.|
- ^ Brown, Geoff. "The tram through the park: the origins of the West Coburg tramway". Melbourne Tramway Museum. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
- ^ The Plot Thickens Transit News & Views Public Transport Users Association December 1986 page 3
- ^ a b c History of Melbourne tram route numbers (1950-2009) Yarra Trams
- ^ Melbourne's William Street Tram Services Changed Transit Australia February 1987 page 23
- ^ Here & There Trolley Wire issue 228 February 1987 page 24
- ^ "Gunzel". www.classicaustraliantv.com. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
- ^ a b Yarra Trams - changing with the times Yarra Trams 5 August 2005
- ^ Changes to your tram service during the Commonwealth Games Yarra Trams 28 February 2006
- ^ Say hello to Route 58 Public Transport Victoria
- ^ Metro Tunnel to Transform Melbourne's Tram Network Minister for Public Transport 25 October 2016
- ^ Trams to head west, route 58 to be born in network overhaul next year The Age 25 October 2016
- ^ New Tram Timetable Newsrail June 2017 page 182
- ^ Route 55 Yarra Trams
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