Clifton Hill railway station

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Clifton Hill
Clifton Hill Railway Station 01.jpg
Northbound from Platform 2 in October 2008
LocationHoddle Street, Clifton Hill
Coordinates37°47′19″S 144°59′43″E / 37.7887°S 144.9954°E / -37.7887; 144.9954Coordinates: 37°47′19″S 144°59′43″E / 37.7887°S 144.9954°E / -37.7887; 144.9954
Owned byVicTrack
Operated byMetro
Distance6.60 kilometres from Southern Cross
Platforms2 side
Structure typeGround
Bicycle facilities17
Disabled accessYes
Other information
StatusPremium station
Station codeCHL
Fare zoneMyki zone 1
WebsitePublic Transport Victoria
OpenedMay 8, 1888 (1888-05-08)
Passengers (2008-2009)1.001 million[1]
Passengers (2009-2010)1.030 million[1]Increase 2.9%
Passengers (2010-2011)1.088 million[1]Increase 5.63%
Passengers (2011-2012)0.982 million[1]Decrease 9.74%
Passengers (2012-2013)Not measured[1]
Passengers (2013-2014)0.964 million[1]Decrease 1.83%
Preceding station   Metro Trains   Following station
Mernda line
towards Mernda
Hurstbridge line
towards Hurstbridge

Clifton Hill railway station is located on the Mernda and Hurstbridge lines in Victoria, Australia. It serves the north-eastern Melbourne suburb of Clifton Hill, and opened on 8 May 1888. The station serves as a junction, where the two lines separate immediately north of the station.


Clifton Hill railway station opened on 8 May 1888.[2][3] The station was damaged by fire in December 1981, although the heritage registered verandah escaped serious damage. The station was renovated in 1990, with a matching verandah built on the western platform (Platform 2). Boom barriers replaced interlocked gates at the Ramsden Street level crossing in 1992. Signal boxes "A" and "B" were also abolished in May 1992, with semaphore signals replaced by coloured light signals.[4] It was upgraded to a Premium station on 25 June 1996.[5]

It is listed on the Register of the National Estate.[6] It is an intact example of a Victorian Tudor style suburban railway station, and is one of eleven that were originally built in 1887–89. It is the only example that still retains the original corrugated iron wings on either side of the main building. The timber verandah on the eastern platform (Platform 1) is also considered architecturally rare. Other features of the complex include two timber-framed gabled roofed signal boxes (built in 1888 and 1901), located on either side of Platform 2, and the original swinging railway gates (not in use since 1992).[7] One signal box was for the operation of the former level crossing gates across Heidelberg Road, which was replaced by an overpass in 1957. The other signal box serviced the level crossing at Ramsden Street.

Clifton Hill was once part of the Inner Circle line. The Hurstbridge line, between Clifton Hill and Westgarth, was duplicated in 2008/09, and included a bridge over Merri Creek. It was opened by then Premier, John Brumby, and then Transport Minister, Lynne Kosky, on 27 January 2009.[8]

Platforms & services[edit]

Clifton Hill has two side platforms, connected by an underpass. Platform 1 contains an enclosed waiting area, while Platform 2 contains a semi-enclosed waiting area and toilets. It is serviced by Metro Trains' Mernda and Hurstbridge line services.[9][10]

Platform 1:

Platform 2:

Transport links[edit]

Dysons operates two routes via Clifton Hill station:

Transdev Melbourne operates one route via Clifton Hill station:


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Train Station Patronage FY2008-2014". Public Transport Victoria. 14 May 2015. Archived from the original (XLS) on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016. (access from [1] Archived 3 November 2016 at the Wayback Machine)
  2. ^ Clifton Hill Vicsig
  3. ^ "THE NORTH SUBURBAN RAILWAY LINES". The Argus (Melbourne) (12, 677). Victoria, Australia. 11 February 1887. p. 9. Retrieved 17 March 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. November 1992. p. 370.
  5. ^ "Upgrading Eltham to a Premium Station". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. October 1997. p. 310.
  6. ^ Clifton Hill Railway Station Department of the Environment
  7. ^ Clifton Hill Railway Station Complex Heritage Victoria
  8. ^ "First-passenger-trains-on-new-rail-bridge-today". ALP Media Release. Retrieved 30 January 2009.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Mernda Line". Public Transport Victoria.
  10. ^ "Hurstbridge Line". Public Transport Victoria.
  11. ^ "504 Moonee Ponds - Clifton Hill via East Brunswick". Public Transport Victoria.
  12. ^ "546 Heidelberg Station - Melb Uni - Queen Victoria Market via Clifton Hill and Carlton". Public Transport Victoria.
  13. ^ "246 Elsternwick - Clifton Hill via St Kilda". Public Transport Victoria.

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