Win for intermodal connectivity as network upgrades continue
Added: 1 June 2015
Passengers on tram Route 55 and bus routes 216, 219 and 220 can now safely and easily switch between modes at Melbourne’s first accessible interchange on Queensbridge Street.
The new platform stop outside Crown Casino is the only place in Melbourne where tram and bus passengers board their vehicle from the same platform.
Two level-access tram stops were built on Queensbridge Street in conjunction with upgrades to track and overhead infrastructure, as part of the $65 million that Public Transport Victoria invests each year to improve Melbourne’s tram network.
Key customer benefits of the new Stops 112 Casino East and 114 City Road & Kings Way include:
- easy access to low-floor trams and buses
- safer and faster boarding
- new passenger information displays
- new seating, shelters and pedestrian signals.
Yarra Trams delivered the project on behalf of PTV in two stages over 10 days to minimise disruption to passengers and the local community.
This project is part of a series of major tram network upgrades since the start of May that will continue over this Queen’s Birthday long weekend with the renewal of 40-year-old tram tracks on Swanston Street at Federation Square, Melbourne’s busiest tram stop.
The project will take place from 1am on Saturday 6 June to 5am on Tuesday 9 June.
During this time Yarra Trams will also take the opportunity to renew the tram tracks on Swanston Street between La Trobe and A’Beckett streets.
This track work will improve safety and ride comfort for everyone by delivering a better road surface for motorists, cyclists and tram passengers, and less tram noise due to existing potholes or worn rails.
Preliminary work will begin for the track renewal on Swanston Street in the early hours of Wednesday 3 June and will continue until the start of the major work at 1am on Saturday 6 June.
Another important track renewal project will take place at the intersection of Miller Street, Plenty Road and High Street, Preston, from 1am on Saturday 6 June to 5am on Wednesday 10 June, as part of the new Preston tram depot project.
Tram service changes for Swanston Street/St Kilda Road trams from Saturday 6 June to Monday 8 June, first to last tram
Due to overhead wire and track renewal in Swanston Street, buses will replace Swanston Street trams from the first service on Saturday 6 June, until the last service on Monday, 8 June 2015.
All Swanston Street and St. Kilda Road trams will operate with an 'a' for altered services, to reflect service changes.
For detailed information on the works, see Buses replacing Swanston Street trams: Saturday 6 June - Monday, 8 June 2015
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