Tram testing begins on Route 58

Melbourne’s largest and newest trams will begin testing on Route 58, as part of the Victorian Government’s plan to roll out E-Class trams to more routes.

Route 58 travels from West Coburg in Melbourne’s north, through the CBD to Toorak in the city’s south east, passing Melbourne Zoo, Royal Children’s Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Queen Victoria Market and the Toorak Road shopping precinct.

The test tram will investigate things like tram stops and platforms, curves and gradients, bridge clearance, track quality, diversion routes for disruptions and identify any other potential issues.

Passengers on routes 96, 11, and 86 are already serviced by E-Class trams which have space for more than 200 passengers – doubling passenger capacity on these routes.

Each tram is accessible with dedicated spaces for passengers with mobility aids or prams, has audio and visual passenger information, more myki readers and air conditioning.

Since 2015, more than $700 million has been invested in 50 new Victorian-built E-Class trams and infrastructure upgrades to modernise Melbourne’s iconic tram network.

The 81st E-Class tram is now servicing the network and additional trams have been ordered, boosting the overall fleet to 100.