Last chance to have your say on future tram services
Added: 24 July 2015
Public Transport Victoria and Yarra Trams are proposing changes to the tram network to help avoid overcrowding, service demand in the western part of the city and move major routes that travel down St Kilda Road towards ‘turn-up-and-go’ frequencies.
With only one more week left of tram consultation, customers are encouraged to have their say on the future of Melbourne’s tram network.
To view the proposed changes, customers should visit ptv.vic.gov.au/getinvolved to provide their valuable feedback by Friday, 31 July 2015.
Proposed changes include the merging of Routes 8 and 55 into one Route 58, with larger high- capacity and low-floor trams introduced onto the route, providing more capacity along Toorak Road and from West Coburg into the city reducing overcrowding and improving accessibility.
The introduction of Route 58 also means that these high-capacity low-floor trams will serve three of Victoria’s largest hospitals – Royal Melbourne, Royal Women’s and Royal Children’s.
The new route will travel down Toorak Road, down Kings Way into the western end of the CBD up William Street and on to West Coburg. Under the new proposal, Route 8 customers would wait for only one minute at Domain Interchange to board a tram to Swanston Street on weekdays.
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.
According to Mark Wild, Chief Executive of Public Transport Victoria, more people are using trams and public transport more than ever before and travel patterns are changing.
“With major developments underway and more businesses moving to the western end of the CBD from William Street through to the Docklands, this means that more people will need access to 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.
“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, with trams every 20 minutes outside these times.
“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.
“We’ve seen a shift in work patterns with starting earlier or finishing later, and people need flexibility in the times they travel.
Both CEOs encouraged people to make sure they take the opportunity to have their say as we are keen to understand what the proposed changes mean for you.
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