$1.1m tram works around the corner for St Kilda Light Rail and Glenhuntly
Added: 23 June 2017
Passengers and motorists should prepare for service changes on Fitzroy Street in St Kilda from Saturday 24 June until first service on Tuesday 27 June while Yarra Trams conducts vital track renewal work.
During the $1.1 million project buses will replace trams on Routes 3a and 16 between Stop 29 Union Street and Stop 134 Park Street, and on Route 96 between Stop 130 Middle Park and Stop 139 St Kilda Beach Acland Street.
Fitzroy Street will be closed to all traffic between Grey Street and Princes Street during the works, motorists are advised a detour will be in place via Barkly Street, Canterbury Road and Lakeside Drive.
Over the weekend, Route 67 will operate as Route 67a, with trams terminating at Stop 53 Glenhuntly Tram Depot and buses replacing trams onwards to the Carnegie terminus.
Public Transport Victoria Acting Executive Director, Network Service Delivery, Laura Lo Bianco-Smith advised passengers to plan ahead when travelling over the works period.
“For passengers on Route 3a, 16, 67 and 96, the best way to plan ahead is to visit the PTV website to find the best way for you to get to your destination,” Ms Lo Bianco-Smith said.
“These works will allow the renewal of tracks on the busy Fitzroy Street tram junction and in Glenhuntly, meaning a more safe, reliable and comfortable service for passengers.”
Major track renewal works will run around the clock from 12.01am on Saturday, 24 June with services on Routes 67 and 3 resuming on Monday, 26 June as usual and services on Routes 16 and 96 resuming on Tuesday, 27 June.
Passengers are advised that while buses will replace trains to the normal frequency of services, they will need to allow some extra time for their journey.
Yarra Trams Director of Infrastructure, Catherine Eymin said the infrastructure upgrade is essential to the safe and efficient operation of the tram network.
“We work closely with Public Transport Victoria to modernise the network to ensure reliable services for future generations,” Ms Eymin said.
“This track renewal will reduce noise from trams turning at the intersection and replace road surfaces, creating a smoother surface for passengers and cyclists,”
The works will be delivered as part of Yarra Trams’ $65 million annual tram network maintenance carried out on behalf of PTV.
Customers are advised to visit ptv.vic.gov.au to check specific service changes on their route and plan ahead.
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