Richmond railway station, Melbourne

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Richmond railway station Melbourne
Station information
Code RMD
Distance from
Flinders St
2.4 km
Line Alamein,
Bairnsdale,
Belgrave,
Cranbourne,
Frankston,
Glen Waverley,
Lilydale,
Pakenham,
Sandringham
# Platforms 10
# Tracks 10
Status Premium station
Metlink profile Link
Melway map Link
Google map Link
GPS Coordinates 37°49′25″S
144°59′20″E
Zone 1

Richmond station is a railway station in Richmond, Australia. Richmond is an inner suburb of Melbourne.

The station is built on a bridge over Punt Road. It has ten platforms joined by three subways. All of Melbourne's eastern and south eastern railway lines meet here. These railway lines are:

The station is 2.4 km (1 mi) from Flinders Street Station which is Melbourne's central railway station. Richmond station is close to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Punt Road Oval and Melbourne Park. It is very busy during sporting and other special events.

Tram route 70 goes past Richmond Station along Swan Street.

Punt Road is under the station with a major interchange with Swan Street and Brunton Avenue.

History[change | edit source]

Richmond station has been moved and rebuilt four times. The first station in Punt Road was at ground level and opened on 8 February, 1859. It closed the same year on 12 December, 1859. On the same day the new station opened in Swan Street.

In 1885, a new station just north of Swan Street was opened. The new station was raised up and was not at ground level. It had six platforms. For some time, both the old and new stations were used, before the ground level Swan Street station was closed.

By the 1940s the station had begun to fall apart. It was so bad that the council said it should be pulled down. A new station was not built for another 20 years. On 26 March, 1960 the new station was opened west of the old one. The bridges at each end of the station across Punt Road and Swan Street were also rebuilt to fit the ten tracks. The old station was pulled down.

Proposed redevelopment[change | edit source]

The condition of Richmond station was a problem again in 2005. Melbourne held the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Richmond station was the gateway to many of the main venues. The station had a bleak appearance. The raised station did not have much shelter and could be windy and cold. It has poor access with steep ramps, stairs, and no lifts. This led the Victorian Government to think about building a new station. They decided it would cost too much money.

Movie[change | edit source]

The opening scene of the movie Romper Stomper was filmed in Richmond station. In the movie it was called Footscray station.

Station Navigation
Metropolitan service
"City Loop"
Previous Station
Anti - Clockwise
Parliament | Flinders Street Previous Station
Clockwise
Alamein, Belgrave, Glen Waverley & Lilydale lines
Previous Station Refer to City Loop | East Richmond Next Station
Cranbourne, Frankston, Pakenham & Sandringham lines
Previous Station Refer to City Loop | South Yarra Next Station
Regional service
Bairnsdale line
Previous Station Flinders Street | Caulfield Next Station
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