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14 February 2005
Tomorrow, Tuesday 15 February 2005, the new Superstop at the
University of Melbourne will be open to passengers.
The new Superstop has reached a phase in construction where it can
be safely serviced by trams and used by passengers.
Minor works on the Superstop will continue and passengers will
notice the facilities at the stop being fitted out over the next
The reconstruction of the University of Melbourne terminus has
included a re-design of the tram terminus area and construction of
a new Superstop on Swanston Street, near the corner of Faraday
Street in front of the University of Melbourneýs Sidney Myer Asia
Construction of the improved tram terminus was completed late last
month, with the re-design including new tracks into the ýtram
shuntingý area to help reduce tram congestion.
ýSafety and urban design have been the key priorities in planning
the new tram stop and tram shunting area,ý said Yarra Trams Chief
Executive Officer, Mr. Hubert Guyot.
The terminus at the University of Melbourne 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 has transformed
this tram terminus and stop into a modern interchange. The area
will be a showpiece of Melbourneýs tram network.
ýWe are happy to once again bring new levels of comfort and safety
to our passengers. The new Superstop will feature shelters,
seating, an information pavilion, a ticket machine, real time tram
arrival information, a trip planner, a public telephone and Closed
Circuit TV for safety," said Mr. Guyot.
ýWith pedestrian crossings and ramps at either end, the new stop
enhances the Yarra Tramsý vision of access for all. It provides a
safer boarding and alighting environment for passengers," Mr. Guyot
The central platform allows customers to get on or off trams
travelling in either direction, and offers passengers a comfortable
waiting environment with improved access to low floor trams.