Notification

Acland Street tram and street upgrade gets ‘green light’

Added: 14 January 2016

Public Transport Victoria and Yarra Trams are fast tracking construction of the Acland Street tram terminus to enable critical tram works for the Acland Street Upgrade Project as part of the Victorian Government’s $800 million Tram Procurement Program.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has agreed to amend the Port Phillip Planning Scheme to allow for tram works and City of Port Phillip’s streetscape improvements to proceed under site specific planning controls, removing the need for a planning permit, subject to conditions.

The streamlined planning approval process introduces controls that will ensure appropriate consideration is given to those matters that would ordinarily require a planning permit.

The Acland Street Upgrade Project is part of the Victorian Government’s $800 million Tram Procurement Program, a package of works that includes new trams, new infrastructure and other upgrades, to improve the accessibility, capacity and reliability of Melbourne's tram network.

Route 96, one of Melbourne’s busiest tram routes, has been selected as the first route to run new high capacity trams and the upgrades in Acland Street include a new tram terminus to improve tram frequency and reliability as well as level access from tram floor to platform.

The Victorian Government is working with Port Phillip City Council to integrate the new terminus into the Council’s vision for a new and vibrant streetscape for the Acland Street precinct.

Public Transport Victoria, Yarra Trams and Port Phillip City Council have formed a partnership to plan, design and deliver the project with major works scheduled to commence mid-2016.

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