Melbourne University tram stop

Melbourne University
Tram stop
Melbourne University tram stop, looking north, 2013 (1).JPG
Melbourne University tram stop in September 2013
LocationSwanston Street, Carlton, Victoria
Coordinates37°47′56″S 144°57′51″E / 37.798989°S 144.964213°E / -37.798989; 144.964213Coordinates: 37°47′56″S 144°57′51″E / 37.798989°S 144.964213°E / -37.798989; 144.964213
Owned byVicTrack
Operated byYarra Trams
Platforms2 (1 island)
Tracks2 (plus 3 shunts)
ConnectionsBus routes 402 & 546
Structure typeAt grade
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zoneMyki 1
Rebuilt15 February 2005
Route map
Up arrow Routes 1 & 6
Shunt 3
Shunt 2
Shunt 1
Platforms 1 & 2
(southbound and northbound respectively)
Down arrow Routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 & 72

The Melbourne University tram stop is a major terminating point and stop of the Melbourne tram system. It features a single island platform and three shunts. It is located on Swanston Street, Carlton, and is the major tram stop for the University of Melbourne, its name sake. It was opened in 2005 and is one of the busiest stops on the network; six tram lines terminate at it, while two run through.


In 1996, a headshunt was built north of the Melbourne University tram stop on Swanston Street, Carlton, adjacent to the University of Melbourne to allow services from the south to terminate.[1]

The current stop was opened on 15 February 2005. The project, begun by M>Tram, was inherited by Yarra Trams when it commenced operation of the entire tram system in April 2004, and was endorsed by the University of Melbourne and Melbourne City Council. It did however attract some controversy, with the Public Transport Users Association and Paul Mees claiming that the location was unsuitable, as if would force those wishing to cross Swanston Street to walk a further 150 metres (490 ft).[2] Construction of the stop commenced on 11 January 2005, with the stop opening to passengers on 15 February 2005, for the first 12 days of construction tram services terminated either side of the works, with a shuttle bus diverting around the works site connecting the tram routes.[3][4]


Looking south towards Melbourne University tram stop, with the shunts in the foreground

Melbourne University tram stop consists of one island platform that provides accessible entry to low-floor trams, it is long enough to serve two D2-class trams at the same time, and has three shunts.[5][6] It was designed by FMSA Architects for Yarra Trams and Department of Infrastructure. The design consists of six steel 'trees', clad with polycarbonate roofing protecting the seating areas; staff amenities; and ramps permitting full disabled access to the stop. The design is intended to complement its environment while also improving reliability and flexibility.[6][7][8]

The island platform is about 59 metres (194 ft) long and 6.5 metres (21 ft) wide, shunt number 1 is 34 metres (112 ft) long, and shunts 2 and 3 are 30 metres (98 ft) long.[9]


The Melbourne University tram stop is one of the busiest on the system, and is utilised by eight routes, six terminating there, and two running through it.[4][9][10]

Destination via Platform
1 Coburg East Brunswick East 2
1 South Melbourne Beach, Albert Park CitySouth Melbourne 1
Malvern East City – BalaclavaCaulfield North (weekdays)
City – St Kilda – Balaclava – Caulfield North (weekends)
5 Malvern City – Windsor – Armadale 1
6 Moreland railway station, Brunswick Brunswick East 2
6 Glen Iris City – Prahran – Armadale – Malvern 1
16 Kew City – St Kilda – Balaclava – Caulfield North – Malvern – Hawthorn 1
64 Brighton East City – Windsor – Armadale – Caulfield 1
67[a] Carnegie City – Balaclava – ElwoodElsternwick – Caulfield – Glen Huntly 1
72 Deepdene City – Prahran – ToorakGlen IrisCamberwell 1


  1. ^ Budd, Dale; Wilson, Randall (1998). Melbourne's Marvellous Trams. Randwick: University of New South Wales Press. p. 23. ISBN 0 868405 04 3.
  2. ^ Silkstone, Dan (11 January 2005). "Tram stop dispute may travel to High Court". The Age. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Temporary tram service changes". Yarra Trams. 11 January 2005. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  4. ^ a b "University of Melbourne Superstop opens to passengers". Yarra Trams. 14 February 2005. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Melbourne University Tram Terminus - Reconstruction Project". Yarra Trams. 1 January 2005. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  6. ^ a b FMSA Architects (11 January 2005). "New tram stop in harmony with University precinct" (Press release). Yarra Trams. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  7. ^ "University of Melbourne Tram Terminus". FMSA Architects. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Melbourne University Tram Terminus by FMSA Architects". The Royal Australian Institute of Architects. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Derailment of Tram 3515 at Melbourne University Terminus 20 Apr 2011" (PDF). Office of the Chief Investigator. p. 11. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  10. ^ "1-University of Melbourne/Swanston St (Carlton)". Public Transport Victoria. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Night Tram". Public Transport Victoria. Retrieved 23 December 2015.

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