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