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Fantastic response to Route 96 tram upgrade as consultation extended to end of August

26 Jun 2013

Public Transport Victoria is seeking feedback from the Fitzroy and Brunswick community on the early designs for the upgrade to tram Route 96.

With almost 600 pieces of feedback already received from the community, consultation has now been extended to the end of August.

The early designs set out proposals for stop upgrades and other improvements along the route which runs for 14 kilometres from Acland Street in St Kilda to Blyth Street, East Brunswick. The early designs are available on the PTV website.

PTV’s Acting Director Network Planning Adele McCarthy encouraged everyone who uses, lives and works alongside the route to get involved in the additional community sessions.

“We’ve had such a fantastic response already from the community with almost 600 responses received on the early designs. Following the high level of interest, I’m pleased to say that we have decided to extend our consultation and I really encourage everyone to head along to our final drop in sessions in the coming weeks to provide feedback,” said Ms McCarthy.

“We’ve been talking with traders who operate along the route and their valuable contributions will be fed into the next stage of the design process.

“Other feedback received during the consultation period will also be used to further develop the detailed designs for the route improvements, with construction to commence in 2014.”

Route 96 is one of Melbourne’s busiest and most densely populated tram routes, and the upgrade will improve accessibility, reliability and journey times for customers.

It will also be the first route to receive our state of the art new low-floor trams, which will start carrying passengers later this year.

In the north, route upgrades will focus on Nicholson Street from Victoria Parade to Brunswick Road and Brunswick Road to Blyth Street.

“To get involved, the Fitzroy and Brunswick community should head along to the information sessions being held in the area or go online and provide feedback on the early design options for Nicholson Street,” said Ms McCarthy.

Public Transport Victoria, along with project partners VicRoads and Yarra Trams, will be holding a series of community drop-in sessions along Route 96 in August. At the sessions, the community will have the opportunity to learn more about the early designs, provide feedback, ask questions and meet the project team.

Upcoming session times for the Nicholson Street early designs are:

Wednesday, 7 August 2013
7.30am - 9.30am
Tram Stop 10
Albert Street, East Melbourne

Monday, 12 August 2013
5.30pm - 7.30pm
Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street, Carlton

Ms McCarthy added that the Route 96 Project is the first step towards modernising Melbourne’s tram network and will set the benchmark for the future of our tram network.

“One of the Route 96 Project’s key objectives is to provide accessible stops right across the route, providing enormous benefit to all tram passengers. It will also ensure that the new low-floor trams are used to their full capacity when they begin service.

“As our new trams arrive, other high capacity trams currently used on Route 96 will be moved to other busy routes spreading the benefits across the tram network,” said Ms McCarthy.

The Route 96 Project is also investigating other options to improve reliability and priority for trams in the shared road / tram environment.

To learn more, receive updates or follow the project, visit:

Twitter: @R96Project

For more information visit, call 1800 800 007 or email [email protected].


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