Toorak Road West and St Kilda Road tram upgrades
New connections in South Yarra, South Melbourne and the CBD will allow trams to spread out across the city, to where they're needed most in the future.
Changes to tram services
The Bowen Crescent Tram Stop 21 ceased service from 13 January in preparation for its removal in February 2018. Passengers who normally use Stop 21 will need to use either Stop 20 Domain Interchange, or Stop 22 Toorak Road West.
As part of the upgrade, new accessible tram stops were built at:
- Toorak Road West
- Fawkner Park
A new Park Street tram stop west of Wells Street and Palmerston Crescent will replace the existing stop 119, currently at the intersection of Kings Way and Park Street. Works will take place between 8 January - 17 February 2018.
As the network planner, Transport for Victoria will evaluate the new tram arrangements as part of its decision-making on whether trams return to Park Street and Domain Road following completion of the Metro Tunnel.
Further changes to reduce St Kilda Road to one lane in each direction will be made ahead of construction starting on Anzac Station in early 2018.
Changes to local bus services
Working closely with Public Transport Victoria to ensure access to services, changes to some local bus routes and timetables will be required to accommodate the Metro Tunnel works.
From 25 June 2017, Route 605 was rerouted to travel along Anderson Street and Birdwood Avenue into the western end of the CBD, along Queen Street as far as La Trobe Street. The new route will allow passengers to connect to trams along St Kilda Road, as well as trains at Flagstaff Station.
The local community will continue to be kept informed of any upcoming bus changes so they can plan their journey.
For a timeline of works, see the Domain tram construction staging plan (PDF, 702.2 KB).
Building the new tram infrastructure
Building new tram infrastructure on Toorak Road West and St Kilda Road is an important first step in keeping Melburnians moving on trams during construction of the Metro Tunnel, delivered in stages to minimise the impacts on the local community, road and tram users.
During construction, there will be temporary changes to traffic conditions in the local area. These changes will vary depending on the stage of works.Traffic management will be in place to ensure the safety of work crews and pedestrians, and to maintain the flow of traffic.
Changes to the road network and car parking on Toorak Road West will be communicated in advance of the works.
Construction impacts, such as noise and dust, will be managed and mitigation strategies put in place to minimise disruption to the community.
New train/tram interchange
Anzac Station will be integrated with the relocated Domain Tram Interchange to provide seamless access between tram and train services. On completion, tram passengers will be able to access the interchange and Anzac Station from a new pedestrian underpass under St Kilda Road, making this busy area safer for pedestrians.