Melbourne University Tram Terminus - Reconstruction Project

1 January, 2005

1 January 2005

The Melbourne University Terminus is the fourth busiest tram stop in the Yarra Trams network.

On a typical weekday, more than 20,000 passengers board and alight from trams at this stop.

Two tram routes travel through the University terminus and seven routes terminate there.

To improve services for passengers Yarra Trams is reconstructing this tram terminus and stop.

The two "safety zone" tram stops will be transformed into a modern interchange that is set to become a showpiece of Melbourne's tram network.

An island platform will have shelters, seating, an information pavilion, a Metcard ticket machine, real time passenger information displays, a trip planner, a public telephone and Closed Circuit TV for safety.

The first of its kind for Melbourne, the new island platform tram stop will complement the urban design of the University precinct.

With pedestrian crossings and ramps at either end, the new stop will enhance the Yarra Trams' vision of access for all. It will provide a safer boarding and alighting environment for passengers.

The central platform will allow customers to get on or off trams travelling in either direction.

It will offer passengers a comfortable waiting environment and improved access to low floor trams.

Platform stop

The island platform will accommodate two of the five-module Combino trams on either side. On approach to the new Melbourne University tram stop, passengers will exit the tram onto the central platform, a first in Melbourne.

Construction

This project is divided into two stages. The first involves the construction of the tram tracks and new terminus, and the second stage involves the construction of the new platform stop.

Work on stage one will commence on Friday 7 January and conclude on Wednesday 19 January 2005.

During the works the following temporary tram service changes will apply from first tram Saturday 8 January to last tram Thursday 20 January 2005:

  • Route 1 services from East Coburg will terminate at the intersection of Lygon and Elgin Streets.
  • Route 8 services from Moreland will terminate at the intersection of Lygon and Elgin Streets.
  • Route 1 services from South Melbourne Beach will terminate at the intersection of Swanston and Franklin Streets.
  • Route 8 services from Toorak will terminate at the intersection of Swanston and Queensberry Streets.
  • Tram routes 5, 6, 16 and 72 will terminate at the intersection of Swanston and Queensberry Streets.
  • Tram routes 3, 64 and 67 will terminate at the intersection of Swanston and Franklin Streets.
  • A shuttle bus service will operate between the intersection of Swanston and Franklin Streets and the intersection of Lygon and Elgin Streets.
  • Tram stop number 1, currently located on the north side of the intersection at Swanston and Faraday Streets will be closed from the start of the project. This is to accommodate the new tram tracks that will be constructed for the new tram terminus.

Work on stage two will be ongoing from Wednesday 19 January to late February 2005.

During this stage the platform stop will be constructed and once complete, this stop will become the new stop 1 for Melbourne University. This platform stop will be constructed on the south side of the intersection of Swanston and Faraday Streets.

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