Have your say on future tram services

Added: 16 July 2015

Helping our tram network keep up with the growing and changing needs of Melbourne’s public transport users is the driver behind changes being proposed by Public Transport Victoria and Yarra Trams.

During the month of July tram customers will get the chance to have their say on changes designed to help avoid over-crowding and move major routes on St Kilda Road towards ‘turn-up-and-go’ frequencies.

According to Mark Wild, Chief Executive of Public Transport Victoria, more people are using trams and public transport more than ever and travel patterns are changing.

“Patronage data shows that employment opportunities in the western end of the CBD from William Street through to the Docklands is meaning that more people are wanting to access these areas,” Mr Wild said.

“Currently, Melbourne’s tram network is designed to funnel customers to Swanston Street, Collins Street and Bourke Street locations in the CBD.

“This has put a lot of pressure along major roads such as St Kilda Road which holds the title of being the world’s busiest tram corridor.

“The tram stop at Federation Square is used something like 22,000 times every day.”
Yarra Trams Chief Executive, Clement Michel, said that the proposal to reduce this heavy reliance on St Kilda Road will have knock-on benefits across the network.

“Time is precious and we want to give time back to our customers by reducing wait times and improving reliability of our services,” he said.

“At the same time we want to maintain or improve the current level of service where we can.

“This is why we are moving towards having a tram at least every ten minutes, 7am to 7pm, every weekday and 10am to 7pm on weekends.

“It means that you can turn up at your local tram stop with the certainty of waiting no more than ten minutes on a weekday for your next tram.”

Proposed changes include the merging of Routes 8 and 55 into one Route 58.  Existing customers on Route 8 will be able to use the new Route 58 that will take them directly into the western end of the CBD up William Street and on to West Coburg at one end and Toorak at the other. Under the new proposal, customers wanting to head to Swanston Street would need to interchange at Domain to another tram that during weekdays would only result in a one minute delay.

The introduction of Route 58 also means that high-capacity low-floor trams will serve three of Victoria’s largest hospitals – Royal Melbourne, Royal Women’s and Royal Children’s.

Other changes as a result of the proposed new Route 58 would be alterations to the start and finish locations of Routes 1 and 6.  Route 6 currently finishes at Melbourne University but under the new proposal would instead be extended to East Coburg.  Route 1 would instead terminate at Moreland Station.

Both CEOs encouraged people impacted by the changes to take the opportunity to have their say.

More information on the changes, including maps and a link to the survey can be accessed via the Get Involved page.


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