Route 96 Upgrade

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Route 96 is being upgraded from end to end so everyone can catch the tram.

The project will deliver:

  • upgraded tram stops to level access, making them safer and accessible
  • relocation or removal of some tram stops to make sure stops are spaced more evenly, improving access and tram journey times;
  • measures to improve service journey time and reliability; and
  • new terminus stops at Blyth Street, East Brunswick and Acland Street, St Kilda

The key objectives of the project are to:

  • improve access to trams and safety for customers
  • improve tram reliability, capacity and efficiency
  • ensure better utilisation of the road network with a focus on moving people.

Nicholson Street tram stop upgrades

From 1 to 15 September 2018, three tram stops along a 1.3km stretch of Nicholson Street between Carlton and Fitzroy will be upgraded to platform style stops. This will improve safety, accessibility and journey times for all passengers.

Nicholson Street will be completely closed to traffic between Victoria Parade and Alexandra Parade in Fitzroy from 10pm Friday 31 August until 5am Sunday 16 September. For more information, see Route 86 and 96 - buses replacing trams in sections from 31 August to 16 September 2018.

In May 2018, we asked the community to provide their feedback on the proposed changes to tram stops 11 to 15 and 23 to 25. View the full consultation report below or on Get Involved - our online consultation space.

Route 96 project history

Completed works

  • Stop 124 Batman Park/Flinders Street was the first stop to be upgraded and these works were completed in January 2015.
  • The terminus stop at Blyth Street, East Brunswick, was upgraded with a new level access platform stop constructed in late 2015.
  • Stop 125 Port Junction was completed in January 2016. Upgrades included the construction of a new central platform, a separate platform for the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant and a new three-track layout on Clarendon Street.
  • The terminus stop at Acland Street, St Kilda was the latest to be upgraded, completed in October 2016. The newly designed terminus for Route 96 incorporated an accessible, pedestrian friendly level-access stop complemented by a completely redesigned streetscape delivered by the City of Port Phillip.

Further information

For more information, please call us on 1800 800 007 or email PTV projects.

You can also complete an online feedback form.