Toorak Road West and St Kilda Road tram upgrades
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
Anzac 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 Anzac Station concourse below. Tram passengers will be able to access the tram interchange and Anzac Station from a new pedestrian underpass under St Kilda Road, making this busy area safer for pedestrians.
Tram diversion works on Toorak Road West
The Route 58 tram service which currently travels along Domain Road and Park Street, South Yarra was re-routed to Toorak Road West in July 2017.
New tram infrastructure was 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 were 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 included 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 provides 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 accommodates higher capacity trams and more customers. This larger stop consists of three tram platforms, is long enough to cater for two trams, provides improved safety and allows passengers to easily change from one tram to another.
The new stops are more accessible and will 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 tram services
Following the tram works completed on Toorak Road West and St Kilda Road in 2017, the Route 58 tram will now run 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 Anzac 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 is maintained throughout the period of 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
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 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.