Sunday services on the West Coburg route were diverted to run into
the City via Elizabeth Street. No Sunday service was provided
from Peel Street via William Street to Domain Road.
The first of the new Z class trams were officially unveiled.
These first Z class trams were built by Commonwealth
The Holden Street connecting line was closed between Lygon Street
and St Georges Road.
The last section of the Essendon Airport line, running adjacent to
Vaughan Street from Matthews Avenue to the terminus, was
closed. A new terminus was constructed in Matthews Avenue a
short distance to the north.
The Bourke Street pedestrian mall was opened, between Elizabeth
and Swanston Streets. Trams continued to operate through the
The Burwood line was extended from Warrigal Road to Somers
The Burwood line was extended from Somers Street to Middleborough
Road, East Burwood, via the Burwood Highway.
A Sunday tourist tram service commenced operation from Batman
Avenue to Hawthorn, using restored V class trams.
The Elizabeth Street terminus was rebuilt.
A converted W2 class tram entered service as a mobile Restaurant
Tram, operating from South Melbourne Depot.
The East Preston line was extended to Boldrewood Parade via Plenty
Road. This was the first stage of a planned extension to
The Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board and the Victorian
Railways were replaced by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (to be
known as 'The Met'), and the State Transport Authority ('V/Line').
'The Met' was responsible for all suburban tram and train services
and 'V/Line' was responsible for country rail operation.
17 October The 'Fairway' system was introduced.
This system featured separation bars and/or painted lines to
segregate tram and motor vehicle traffic, along with a traffic
light priority mechanism operated by transponders fitted to
The fare system was revised, and multi-modal tickets based on time
replaced the old system.
The second stage of the Bundoora extension was opened when the
East Preston line was extended along Plenty Road from Boldrewood
Parade to La Trobe University.
The Prahran - City (Batman Avenue) service was discontinued.
The third stage of the Bundoora extension was opened, from La
Trobe University to McLeans Road, Bundoora.
A seven-day tourist tram service commenced running between St
Kilda Beach and the City, operating from South Melbourne Depot.
The 'light rail' route was opened, from St Kilda Beach to East
All remaining W2 and SW2 class trams were withdrawn and stored,
except for retained trams forming part of the heritage fleet.
The Port Melbourne 'light rail' line was opened. It branched off
the St Kilda 'light rail' at Whiteman Street, and used the
reservation of the former Port Melbourne railway to the terminus at
Port Melbourne Station (now Beacon Cove).
The Hawthorn - Batman Avenue and St Kilda - City tourist tram
services were discontinued.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority was replaced by the Public
Transport Corporation. The corporate trading name 'The Met' was
Trams blockaded City streets for five weeks during an industrial
dispute over 'scratch' tickets and driver-only tram operation.
The National Trust classified all remaining W class trams.
A vintage tram service commenced, running every Sunday on
the St Kilda Beach - City via Swanston Street route.
Swanston Street was closed to motor vehicle traffic.
Heritage trams were withdrawn from Sunday service on the St Kilda
Beach route and placed in reserve for use on special occasions.
The Airport West line was extended to Dromana Avenue via Matthews
Avenue, terminating outside the Westfield Shopping Centre.
The East Burwood extension was opened from Middleborough Road to
Blackburn Road via the Burwood Highway.
North Fitzroy tram depot was closed.
The City Circle service commenced operation.
This was a free service operating from 10 am to 6 pm. It
operated in a bi-directional loop around the CBD, travelling along
La Trobe Street, Victoria Parade, Nicholson Street, Spring Street,
Flinders Street and Spencer Street.
The Bundoora line was extended along Plenty Road, from McLeans
Road to the RMIT campus at McKimmies Road.
South Melbourne Depot was closed.
Southbank Depot was opened. Located on the Port Melbourne
line between Montague and Whiteman Street, this new facility
replaced South Melbourne Depot.
The 'Met Tram' division of the Public Transport Corporation was
officially split into two units - Swanston Trams and Yarra
Swanston Trams assumed responsibility for all routes operated by
Essendon, Brunswick, Glenhuntly and Malvern Depots and Yarra Trams
assumed responsibility for routes operated by Southbank, East
Preston, Kew and Camberwell Depots.
Swanston Trams and Yarra Trams were both fully privatised.
Yarra Trams launches the new Park+Ride system.