Toorak Road West and St Kilda Road tram works
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.
Enhancing the tram network
The Metro Tunnel will enhance Melbourne's tram network, relieving congestion and pressure on trams along Swanston Street and St Kilda Road – currently one of the busiest tram corridors in the world. New connections in South Yarra, South Melbourne and the CBD will allow trams to spread out across the city, to where they will be needed most in the future. The Metro Tunnel will be a catalyst to modernise Melbourne's tram network.
A new train / tram interchange at Domain
The new Domain Station will be integrated with the relocated Domain Tram Interchange to provide seamless access between tram and train services. Once the station is completed, there will be direct access from the tram interchange to the Domain Station concourse below. Tram passengers will be able to access the tram interchange and Domain Station from a new pedestrian underpass under St Kilda Road, making this busy area safer for pedestrians.
Tram diversion works on Toorak Road West
To enable construction of the new Domain Station, Domain Road between St Kilda Road and the western end of Edmund Herring Oval will be closed for an extended period. The Route 58 tram service which currently travels along Domain Road and Park Street, South Yarra will be re-routed to Toorak Road West during this time.
New tram infrastructure will be built on Toorak Road West between Park Street, South Yarra and St Kilda Road to maintain a direct connection from South Yarra to the CBD during construction of the Metro Tunnel Project. These tram works will be delivered by Yarra Trams.
The new stops will be integrated, modern and accessible, providing an improved experience for passengers with shelters, seating, lighting and real time tram arrival displays. The new dedicated central tram corridor on Toorak Road West will facilitate more reliable journey times, whilst maintaining a lane of traffic in each direction.
The triple platform stop on St Kilda Road provides improved interchange between tram services, helping to keep Melburnians moving during construction while Domain Interchange is rebuilt, and easing reliance on Domain Interchange once the new station is complete.
New tram stops
Works will include the construction of two new level access tram stops - one on Toorak Road West near Millswyn Street and one on St Kilda Road near the corner of Toorak Road West.
The new 33 metre Easy Access Stop on Toorak Road West will provide improved tram reliability and access for all passengers by removing the step up onto the tram, whilst maintaining a dedicated traffic lane in each direction for general traffic and cyclists. Level Access Stops provide a good solution where road space is both shared and scarce, and have been successfully implemented in other locations across Melbourne such as Macarthur Street (near Parliament Station) and Victoria Street, Richmond.
The location of the new Fawkner Park stop optimises the spacing between the new stop on St Kilda Road and existing stops on Toorak Road, and ensures that key destinations such as Domain Road Village shopping strip, the Royal Botanic Gardens and schools are within easy walking distance.
The new 66 metre St Kilda Road stop will accommodate higher capacity trams and more customers. This larger stop will consist of three tram platforms, is long enough to cater for two trams and provide improved safety and allow passengers to easily changing from one tram to another.
The new stops will be more accessible and improve boarding and alighting times, and the more direct route to St Kilda Road will improve the reliability of tram services to South Yarra and beyond.
Changes to St Kilda Road
In recognition of the value that the community places on the natural environment, and feedback received on the Managing Contractor and Yarra Trams Early Works Plans, we have developed an alternative design for the intersection of St Kilda Road and Kings Way/Toorak Road West. This new design reduces St Kilda Road to two through lanes of traffic in each direction between Bowen Crescent and Kings Way/Toorak Road West; a distance of approximately 350 metres.
The reduction in the number of lanes on St Kilda Road will result in some impacts to traffic flow. A number of projects are currently being delivered in conjunction with VicRoads initiatives to accommodate diverted traffic and improve the capacity and operation of the road, tram and bicycle networks during construction.
This solution demonstrates our commitment to continue refining our construction methodology wherever possible. These changes are necessary, and balance the need to protect the natural environment while minimising some of the unavoidable traffic impacts, which were two key areas of feedback received during a comprehensive public engagement and consultation program.
The new Route 58 tram (the combined routes 8 and 55) was introduced on 1 May 2017, and runs from Toorak through South Yarra to St Kilda Road. Trams then turn left down Park Street, South Melbourne and run along Kings Way to William Street, and on to West Coburg.
Benefits of the optimised two lane design:
- Dedicated left and right hand turn lanes at the intersection of Toorak Rd/Kings Way and St Kilda Road. Two left turn lanes into Kings Way from St Kilda Road (currently only one).
- A significantly improved heritage outcome with less tree removal in this location.
- Shorter crossing distance for pedestrians crossing St Kilda Road at this point.
- Creation of a continuous bike lane in this section of St Kilda Road.
Changes to tram services
From 12 July 2017 following the tram works on Toorak Road West and St Kilda Road, the Route 58 tram will commence running along Toorak Road West direct to St Kilda Road.
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 Domain Station in early 2018.
Changes to local bus services
Changes to some local bus routes and timetables will be required to accommodate the Metro Tunnel works. We are working closely with Public Transport Victoria to ensure access to local bus services are maintained throughout the period of works.
From 25 June 2017, Route 605 will be 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).
Relocating underground services in Toorak Road West
Underground services in this area are being relocated ahead of construction of the new tram infrastructure. This includes relocating a gas pipeline, installing a new sewer and relocating telecommunications services under Toorak Road West.
These works are being delivered by John Holland and Yarra Trams, and will be coordinated with the new tram infrastructure works also being delivered by Yarra Trams.
Building the new tram infrastructure
The new tram infrastructure will be 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 during construction to ensure the safety of work crews and pedestrians, and to maintain 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.
During construction of the new tram infrastructure there will be temporary changes to tram services on St Kilda Road and Toorak Road. Further information on these changes and bus replacement services will be provided ahead of works commencing.
Residents and traders
The nature of the works and close proximity to businesses means that there will be some disruption.
We are working with Yarra Trams and John Holland to schedule works and develop comprehensive mitigation strategies to minimise impacts to residents and traders. We will work closely with residents and traders to understand their access needs and business operations.
Traffic management plans will be amended to maintain access to homes and businesses at all times, sometimes via changed traffic and pedestrian arrangements.
Residents and businesses will be informed in advance of these changed arrangements and consulted on their access requirements.
It is estimated that construction of the new tram infrastructure, including service relocations and site establishment, will take approximately three months:
- Mid May to mid June 2017: Service investigations/diversions and minor civil works on St Kilda Road and Toorak Road West
- Mid – late June 2017: St Kilda Road tram stop and median works near the intersection with Toorak Road West.
- Early – mid July 2017: Track and tram stop works on intersection of Toorak Road West and St Kilda Road, and intersection of Park Street and Toorak Road West.
- Mid – late July 2017: St Kilda Road road reinstatement night works.