Route 96 Upgrade

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As part of a $1.3 billion investment in the tram network, Route 96 is being upgraded to be Melbourne's first fully accessible route. 

Route 96 is one of Melbourne’s busiest tram routes, operating along a 14-kilometre corridor from Blyth Street in East Brunswick in the north, through the CBD to Acland Street, St Kilda, in the south.

The $72.0 million upgrade is being carried out along the route from end to end, and when paired with new E-Class trams, will improve the safety, comfort, capacity, reliability and accessibility of Route 96.

Public Transport Victoria is working in partnership with Yarra Trams, VicRoads, and local councils to deliver the project.

The project scope includes:

  • upgrading tram stops to level access, making them safer and accessible
  • relocating or removing 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 and efficiency
  • ensure better utilisation of the road network with a focus on moving people.

Completed work packages

The Route 96 Upgrade is being delivered with a ‘whole-of-route’ approach and design options are being developed at key locations along the route.

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.

Click on the following page links to view detailed information about future proposed works:


Download project documentation below:

Project Overview (PDF) 848kB

Project Overview - accessible version (RTF) 115kB

Modernising Melbourne’s tram network brochure (PDF) 623 kB

Modernising Melbourne's Tram Network - accessible version (RTF) 83kB

Route 96 Project infographic (PDF) 230 kB

Route 96 Project Infographic - accessible version (RTF) 79kB

Further information

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

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