Flinders Street Railway Station
Flinders Street Railway Station
stands at the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets
Melbourne and is the oldest city station in Australia,
built in 1854.
Corner of Flinders and Swanston
Flinders Street Station is the busiest suburban
railway Station in the southern hemisphere even after
the completion of the city loop railway subway with
three stations in a subway and linking Spencer street to
suburban train trips.
Flinders Street Station built early this century
recently underwent restoration works and refurbishment.
Adjacent to Flinders Street Station is "Federation
Square" one of two Melbourne city squares
Its 700 metre main platform is the longest in the
country, and the heart of Melbourne's extensive suburban
It is serviced by Connex's suburban and city loop
services, and V/Line's regional services.
Under the Clocks...
The Melburnian idiom "I'll meet you under the clocks"
refers to the row of clocks above the main entrance,
which indicate the departure time of the next train on
each line (though some of the clocks refer to
This is a popular meeting place, at the corner of two
of the city's busiest thoroughfares. The original
analogue clocks were replaced for a short time with
digital ones, but due to a public outcry analogue ones
were quickly returned.
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Flinders Street Station's platforms are numbered from
north to south, with Platform No. 1 being the furthest
north, and generally serve specific lines as follows.
Platform 1: Epping and Hurstbridge
Platforms 2 & 3: Belgrave, Glen Waverley and Lilydale
Platforms 4 & 5: Alamein, Blackburn trains on the
Belgrave and Lilydale lines (both platform 4 only),
Broadmeadows, Sydenham, Upfield and Werribee
Platforms 6 & 7: Cranbourne, Frankston and Pakenham
Platforms 8 & 9: Sandringham and Williamstown (Peak
Platforms 10 & 12–14: Various services, depending on day
Note that the eastern end of Platform No. 1 is
designated as Platform No. 14, past the Platform 1
escalators. Platform 11 is out of use and trackless.
Connex Melbourne Station Facilities
Flinders Street station is a "Premium Station", and is
staffed from the first train until the last train.
Flinders Street has become far more than a place of
transit, it is now one of Melbourne's principle
landmarks, and is the busiest station in Australia with
more the 100,000 people going in and out of the station
Enclosed waiting areas, closed circuit TV, customer
intercoms and toilet facilities are all located at
Flinders Street .
Facilities available at Flinders Street
Stairs Lift Escalator Lockers Bus Stop close by
Restaurants / Food Tram Stop close by Hearing Loop Taxi
Rank close by Ramp Toilets Available Wheelchair
Parking Wheelchair Access Toilets Telephone Wheelchair
Access Telephone Tactile Paths Wheelchair Access Parking
Flinders Street Station - Department of Infrastructure,
State Government of Victoria
Flinders Street Station is among Melbourne's most
recognisable landmarks. It is the best-known railway
station in Australia.
While Flinders Street Station remains in the ownership
of the State Government (and therefore the Victorian
community), the day-to-day management of the station is
the responsibility of train operator Connex under its
franchise contract with the Government.
Each week, more than 10,300 passenger-carrying suburban
train services operate to and from Flinders Street
On an average weekday, more than 110,000 people pass
through the station and its ten platforms.
At 708 metres long, platform 1 is the fourth longest
railway platform in the world.
Flinders Street Station - From Wikipedia, the free
The first railway station to occupy the Flinders Street
site was called Melbourne or City Terminus, and was a
collection of weatherboard train sheds. It was completed
in 1854 and was officially opened on 12 September by the
Lieutenant-Governor, Sir Charles Hotham. The terminus
was the first city railway station in Australia, and the
opening day saw the first steam train trip in the
country. It travelled to Sandridge (now Port Melbourne),
over the Sandridge Bridge (which has now been
redeveloped in 2006 as a pedestrian and cycle bridge
across the Yarra River), travelling along the now light
rail Port Melbourne line.
The Swanston Street Extension frontage of the pre-1910
station Melbourne's two other early central-city
stations, Spencer Street Station (now Southern Cross
Station) and Princes Bridge, opened in 1859. Princes
Bridge was originally separated from Flinders Street,
even though it was only on the opposite side of Swanston
Street. Once the railway line was extended under the
street to join the two, Princes Bridge slowly became
amalgamated into Flinders Street. Federation Square now
occupies its site.
In 1882 the government decided to build a new central
passenger station to replace the existing ad-hoc
construction. A world-wide design competition was held
in 1899, with 17 entries received. The £500 first prize
went to railway employees J. W. Fawcett and H. P. C.
Ashworth, whose design included a giant dome and clock
tower. Work began in 1901 and ended in 1910.
Architecture — Flinders Street Station - Museum Victoria
For more than a century the grand Edwardian baroque
building of Flinders Street Station has dominated
Melbourne's southern boundary. The design was selected
by an architectural competition held in 1902, and the
red brick and golden cream stucco building was
constructed between 1905 and 1910.
Flinders Street Station Panorama
The intersection of Flinders Street and Swanston Street,
complete with trams including the free City Circle tram
(the brown one on Flinders Street), and both old and new
trams. Federation Square is still under construction
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FLINDERS STREET STATION -
Flinders Street Station, apart from
being the hub of Melbourne's transport system, is one of
the city's great landmarks and icons. Opened in 1884,
the station dominates the intersection of Flinders and
Swanston Streets. The steps under the station's famous
domed clock tower has long been the most popular meeting
place for Melburnians coming into the city.
www.meltrip.com | Unofficial Public Transport Guide
to Melbourne, Australia
The most misunderstood part of the Melbourne train
system is undoubtedly the City Loop. Services operate in
one or both directions, depending on the day of the
week, time of day and line. Some trains avoid the loop
altogether so you may need to transfer to a connecting
The loop comprises four underground railway lines
beneath the centre of Melbourne. Loop services serve the
three underground stations (Parliament, Melbourne
Central and Flagstaff) plus Southern Cross (formerly
Spencer Street) and Flinders Street stations. Each
underground loop station has four platforms.
Flinders Street Station - BUILDING PROFILE - Walking
An intriguingly unique eclectic mix of
early Art Noveau and Queen Anne, with classical
references and a striking ensemble of domes and arches.
Featuring Diocletian windows and Arts and Crafts themes.
The domes and clock tower give the building a dominant
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