Working around Yarra Trams infrastructure
Any works conducted near tram infrastructure (including but not
limited to tracks, overhead and substations) must be approved by
Yarra Trams prior to commencement.
Submissions must be sent to Yarra Trams at least six (6) weeks
prior to scheduled/proposed commencement of works. For
complex works that may involve infrastructure reconfigurations or
relocation Yarra Trams requires a minimum six (6) months'
Traffic Management Plans will only be
processed once relevant permits have been approved. Traffic
Management companies initiating the works must comply with
all items in point four (below).
1. Working in the vicinity of Yarra
Trams electrical assets
The Entity must contact the Yarra Trams for any works within 6.4
metres of Yarra Trams electrical assets (as below). This includes
works that may encroach on: overhead assets, underground assets or
No Go Zone
All submissions must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the following details:
- Scope of works
- Job location
- Contact name and phone number
- Business name
- Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS)
- Any available relevant photographs and/or drawings
- Any prior correspondence with Yarra Trams relating to the
All submissions are logged and you will be contacted by a Yarra
2. Bore works beneath tram tracks
For any bore works beneath tram tracks (additional to
requirements in Point 1 above) the Entity should contact Gary
Tillotson (Project Manager, Track & Facilities Contracts)
separately via email to Gary.Tillotson@yarratrams.com.au.
3. Asphalt works or concrete grinding within tram
Additional to requirements in Point 1 (above) the Entity should
contact Gary.Tillotson@yarratrams.com.au to
arrange pre-inspection of the tracks.
4. Traffic Management Plans (TMP): Submitting a TMP to Yarra
Yarra Trams operates the Melbourne tram network under a
franchise agreement with the State Government which has an
"Operational Performance Regime" (OPR). Under the current
franchise, Yarra Trams receives OPR penalties for any deviation
from the schedule.
Yarra Trams requires a TMP to be submitted for works:
- Within 20 metres of a tram stop flag (works on or off the
- Within a road reserve that has tram tracks (either on a shared
road environment or where trams are segregated from traffic)
- Requiring traffic to be diverted onto a tram route
The TMP should be submitted to Yarra Trams via email to TMP@yarratrams.com.au ten
(10) business days prior to scheduled commencement of the works.
The TMP submission should include the following information:
- Contact details for the Entity/works (1) manager
- Company name
- Name of applicant
- Job title (e.g. supervisor/project manager)
- Phone number
- Email address
- Brief description/scope of works
- Proposed schedule of works (i.e. dates and times)
Use of the VicRoads Proforma, as shown at the rear of the Road
Management Act 2004 Code of Practice (Management of Infrastructure
in Road Reserves), is encouraged as a way of speeding up the
consent process for all parties concerned.
5. Yarra Trams requirements for works with the vicinity
of a tram stop
Yarra Trams has an obligation to the health and safety of its
The use of fixed/rigid traffic control/management devices - such
as arrow boards or lateral hazard markers - within operational
kerbside tram stops (i.e. within the sign posted "No Standing" zone
adjacent to a tram stop "flag") is not supported.
Traffic management devices, mentioned above, present an
unacceptable injury risk to passengers.
Witches hats along the length of a tram stop placed along the
kerbside edge of the yellow "fairway" lines is acceptable.
Kerbside tram stops can be closed or relocated provided Yarra
Trams receives Notification according to the following
- As indicated in the Road Management Act 2004 Code of Practice
(Management of Infrastructure in Road Reserves), works
significantly impacting upon or preventing access to a stop
requires 10 working days' notice
- Any works in the vicinity of a tram stop, which does not
prevent access to the stop, requires at least two business days'
Any person wishing to conduct works of this nature must submit
their plan for approval to Yarra Trams by emailing DL-ThirdPartyWorks@yarratrams.com.au within
the above time frames.
(1) Coordinating Road Authorities and Yarra Trams consider the
works manager to be responsible for all aspects of site management
including tram priority. Yarra Trams needs to be able to contact
the works manager directly to ensure safety, in terms of compliance
with ESV requirements, and promptly resolving any issues regarding
the works method, tram delays, and so forth.