Acland Street Plaza revitalised
Added: 11 November 2016
The first revitalisation of the Acland Street Precinct in over two decades is now finished, delivered in partnership between Public Transport Victoria (PTV), the City of Port Phillip and Yarra Trams.
Representatives from the three organisations officially opened the newly revamped Acland Street plaza this morning.
Public Transport Victoria, CEO, Jeroen Weimar said the project was a result of a $72 million upgrade to improve Route 96, one of Melbourne’s busiest tram routes.
“Acland Street has been revitalised for the first time in more than two decades into one of Melbourne’s best shopping strips in partnership with the City of Port Phillip and as part of the Government’s $72 million upgrade to Route 96,” Mr Weimar said.
The newly designed terminus for Route 96 incorporates an accessible, pedestrian friendly level-access stop complemented by a completely redesigned streetscape delivered by the City of Port Phillip.
Mayor of City of Port Phillip, Cr Bernadene Voss said the new streetscape provides the perfect setting for seasonal events while allowing more capacity for the 30,000 visits by tram to and from Acland Street every week.
"The new public plaza, created through our partnership with PTV and Yarra Trams, will be a hub for community events and add to the vibrancy of the iconic Acland Street,” Cr Bernadene said.
After more than 22,000 hours of work, Acland Street has received its first major upgrade since 1994, resulting in an integrated community space and a more efficient and accessible tram terminus for Route 96 which sees 345,000 trips per week.
Yarra Trams Executive Director, Technology Services, Rob Robson said that Route 96 was one of the busiest tram routes in Melbourne.
“Route 96 is not only one of Melbourne’s most iconic tram lines, but also one of the busiest, and this new accessible terminus will provide a better experience for the 30,000 passengers trips to and from Acland Street every week,” Mr Robson said.
Member for Albert Park Martin Foley said the Acland Street terminus was one of Melbourne’s busiest outside the CBD.
“This is the busiest tram stop south of the river, and this wonderful project has made it safer and more accessible for the thousands of locals and visitors who use it every day,” Minister Foley said.
The newly established pedestrian plaza provides open public space that is safer and more accessible to visitors and passengers with accessibility requirements, meaning more people can visit the iconic shopping strip than ever before
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