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New accessible tram stop for Route 1 and 8 passengers
29 Jan 2015
Tram passengers on Routes 1 and 8 will soon enjoy a brand new platform stop on Elgin Street, as part of an important infrastructure project delivered by Yarra Trams on behalf of Public Transport Victoria.
The new centre island platform stop between Swanston and Lygon streets will provide passengers with easy access to low-floor trams, safer and faster boarding, tramTRACKERTM passenger information displays, seating, shelters and new pedestrian signals.
Yarra Trams will simultaneously renew the tram tracks on Elgin Street between Swanston and Lygon streets to eliminate the need for future disruptions in the area.
Work to build the new platform stop will start late on Friday 30 January and continue 24 hours a day until 5am on Saturday 7 February 2015.
Once complete the new platform stop will be known as Stop 112 Elgin Street & Lygon Street, and will replace the two existing tram stops on Elgin Street on the corners of Swanston Street and Lygon Street.
The track work will improve safety for everyone, deliver a better road surface for motorists, cyclists and tram passengers, and less noise due to potholes, broken rails and wheel squealing.
Tram service changes and road closures
From 10pm to last tram on Friday 30 January, the following service changes will apply:
- Route 1 & 8 trams will operate as Route 1a & 8a between South Melbourne Beach / Toorak and Stop 112 Lygon St & Elgin St.
- Buses will replace Route 1 trams between Stop 112 Lygon St & Elgin St and East Coburg.
- Buses will replace Route 8a trams between Stop 112 Lygon St & Elgin St and Stop 129 Holmes St & Moreland Rd.
- Trams will operate between Stop 129 Holmes St & Moreland Rd and Moreland.
From first tram on Saturday 31 January to last tram on Friday 6 February, the following service changes will apply:
- Route 1 & 8 trams will operate as Route 1a & 8a in two sections between:
- East Coburg / Moreland and a temporary stop in Lygon St north of Elgin St.
- Melbourne University and South Melbourne Beach / Toorak.
- Stops 111 and 112 will not be open during the project.
- Route 1 & 8 customers will need to walk approximately 800 metres around the work zone to continue their journey between sections.
- Customers may also consider Route 200, 207, 250 & 251 buses between Carlton and Queen St.
- Route 6 will operate as Route 6a, as a shortened service between Glen Iris and Stop 14 Arts Precinct on:
- Saturday 31 Jan, from approx. 8.30am to 7.30pm
- Sunday 1 Feb, from approx. 11am to 6pm
- Monday 2 to Friday 6 Feb, from approx. 6am to 7pm
- At all other times, Route 6 will operate as normal.
Customers needing to connect with trams for onward journeys will be provided with safe pedestrian access around the construction zone, between Melbourne University and Lygon Street north of Elgin Street.
A wheelchair accessible vehicle will be available for customers using mobility aids or unable to walk around the work zone.
Elgin Street will be closed to all traffic between Swanston and Lygon streets during the major work, however different access will apply at different times of the day and on different days of the project.
Traffic controllers on site will manage access for local residents and traders. Motorists should expect some delays.
Further information on these road closures is available at yarratrams.com.au
Passengers can receive real-time tram service updates via Twitter by following @yarratrams.
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