City Circle tram

Route 35 (City Circle)
W6 1000 turning from Nicholson St into Victoria Pde on the City Circle, 2013 (close).JPG
W6 class tram turning from Nicholson Street into Victoria Parade in April 2013
Overview
SystemMelbourne tramway network
OperatorYarra Trams
DepotSouthbank
VehicleW class
Began service29 April 1994
Route
StartWaterfront City
ViaHarbour Esplanade
La Trobe Street
Nicholson Street
Spring Street
Flinders Street
Harbour Esplanade
EndWaterfront City
Zone(s)Free Tram Zone
TimetableCity Circle timetable
MapCity Circle map
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The City Circle (Melbourne tram route 35) is a zero-fare tram running around the Melbourne central business district in Australia. Aimed mainly at tourists, the route passes many Melbourne attractions while running along the city centre's outermost thoroughfares, as well as the developing Docklands waterfront precinct. It operates in both clockwise and anti-clockwise direction.

History

City Circle trams on La Trobe Street in August 2007

The tram route was introduced on 29 April 1994, requiring a small track extension along Spring Street, between Collins and Flinders Streets, to enable a complete CBD loop to be formed. The Federal Government's Building Better Cities program funded the $6.4 million capital cost of the track expansion, while the State Government funded the running costs.

Until January 2003, the western leg of the original route of the tram was down Spencer Street, but the route was then extended west to run through Docklands. The travel time around the circle before this change was 40 minutes.

During early 2006, new Passenger Information Displays were installed along with Digital Voice Announcements.

In April 2008, the service adopted the daylight saving timetable on a permanent basis, operating from 10:00 to 21:00 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The end of service at other times is 18:00.

On 30 May 2009, the route was altered for a second time, being extended from Harbour Esplanade to the NewQuay and Waterfront City precincts via Docklands Drive. This made the route an elongated 'q'.

Services after 18:00 between Thursday and Sunday were removed in November 2020.

Route

Interior of a W class tram in City Circle service
W class tram on Flinders Street in August 2008

The route of the City Circle trams roughly follows the outer edges of the Hoddle Grid, with three diversions. It takes in all of La Trobe Street, Harbour Esplanade and Flinders Street. It follows Spring Street between Flinders and Bourke Streets, but travels along Nicholson Street and Victoria Street before turning into La Trobe Street. At the junction of Harbour Esplanade and Latrobe Street trams turn off the loop to run to and from a terminus towards the end of Docklands Drive, Waterfront City.

Operation

The City Circle route is operated with heritage W class trams, restored to original condition as part of the W8 upgrade. As of 2020, these are the only W-class trams on the system, and there are no plans to retire them. The City Circle trams originally sported a unique maroon livery promoting the service, however as part of the W8 upgrade the trams were restored back to their original green and cream livery. Until 2014, the City Circle was one of several routes to run W-class trams (30, 78 and 79) but the remaining routes controversially had their W-class trams removed, mostly replaced by A class. Trams display the route number 35. The City Circle operates at a headway of 12 minutes in both directions, with the service taking approximately 60 minutes to complete a loop. Ten trams are allocated to the service at any one time (five in each direction). An average of three million passengers uses the service every year, with each tram circling the city 9 times a day, or 12 times when the tram operates to 21:00.

Route map

City Circle Tram
City Circle
via Docklands, La Trobe Street & Flinders Street
Free tram zone covers entire route
Legend
Suburb
Street
Stop
No.
Waterfront City
Connections
Docklands
Docklands Drive
D11
The District Docklands
Tram interchange 70, 86
D10
NewQuay
Footscray Road Siding
D2
Central Pier
Tram interchange 30, 75
Harbour Esplanade
Tram 70, 75
D1
Docklands Stadium
La Trobe Street Bridge
119
Spencer Street
Spencer Street
Tram 86
1
Spencer Street
2
King Street
William Street
Tram 58
Mainline rail interchange Flagstaff station
3
Flagstaff station
4
Queen Street
Elizabeth Street
Tram 19, 57, 59
5
Melbourne Central station
Tram interchange 19, 57, 59
Mainline rail interchange Melbourne Central station
Swanston Street
Tram 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72
6
Melbourne Central station
Tram interchange 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72
7
Russell Street
8
Exhibition Street
9
Victoria Street
La Trobe Street
Nicholson Street
Tram 30
Tram 86, 96
11
Victoria Parade
10
Parliament station
Mainline rail interchange Parliament station
Bourke Street
Tram 86, 96
 
Left arrowBourke Street Mall
CC
Bourke Street
Tram interchange 86, 96
Collins Street
Tram 11, 12, 48, 109
Wellington Parade
Tram 48, 75
8
Spring Street
Batman Avenue
Tram 70
6
Russell Street
Tram interchange 70 Bus interchange 605
Swanston Street
Tram 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72
5
Flinders Street station
Tram interchange 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72
Mainline rail interchange Flinders Street station
Elizabeth Street
Tram 19, 57, 59
4
Flinders Street station
Tram interchange 19, 57, 59
3
Market Street
Market Street
Tram 58
2
King Street
1
Spencer Street
Tram interchange 12, 96, 109
Spencer Street
Tram 12, 96, 109
Flinders Street Viaduct
D6
Flinders Street West
Bus interchange 232, 235, 237
 
McCrae Street
D5
The Goods Shed
D4
Docklands Park
Collins Street
Tram 11, 48
D3
Docklands Stadium
La Trobe Street
Tram 30, 86
D2
Central Pier
Footscray Road Siding
 
Docklands Drive
D10
NewQuay
D11
The District Docklands
Tram interchange 70, 86
Suburb
Street
Stop
No.
Waterfront City
Connections

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