Major upgrades for our busiest tram corridor
The Victorian tram network will get a major boost with the busiest tram corridor in the world set to receive upgrades, while a trial gets underway to expand the successful Ridespace initiative.
From late June until mid July, the busy Federation Square/Flinders Street Station stop on St Kilda Road will undergo upgrades including a larger platform, improved disability access and new shelters to reduce overcrowding and improve passenger flow between Flinders Street Station and the stop.
Crews will also replace nearly 600 metres of tracks on Swanston Street and St Kilda Road as part of the upgrade, providing a safety boost for passengers, quieter infrastructure and a reduced risk of derailments.
As more passengers return to the network, the real-time arrival and passenger capacity indicator RideSpace is being trialed on tram route 59 which travels between Essendon and the city.
Over the coming months, this tram trial will assess passenger counting technology and data accuracy before being rolled out to passengers.
The St Kilda Road upgrade is part of the Victorian Government’s maintenance and renewal program, which delivered $640 million of works across the public transport network this financial year, improving reliability and passenger experience while injecting millions of dollars into the economy.
The St Kilda Road business precinct and Shrine of Remembrance will be accessed by the new Metro Tunnel Project’s Anzac Station when it opens in 2025.
The new station is strategically located to ease pressure on the St Kilda Road/Swanston Street tram corridor and will include an interchange with a tram super stop on St Kilda Road.