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Stage 1B of the Route 86 tram improvements is soon to become a
reality with works to start in the early hours of Sunday 2
This stage of works will take place in High Street between
Separation Street and Clarke Street. The works will include:
• Renewal of 700 metres of tram tracks. This will be the first
time the tracks have been renewed since 1955.
• Construction of two pairs of kerb outstand accessible tram
stops at the Northcote Town Hall and Northcote Social Club.
• Extensive streetscaping works.
• Signal and traffic lane marking works.
High Street will be closed to all traffic, including
trams, between Separation Street and Clarke Street from the early
hours of Sunday 2 October to the morning of Monday 10 October.
Construction works will be undertaken around the clock with
night works necessary to ensure the major construction is completed
in the eight day period.
The replacement of the old tracks requires the existing tracks
and centre section of the road to be removed. The removal of the
old tracks will occur in the first two days of the works. This
process will be very noisy as excavators break the road surface and
diggers remove the old concrete and rail.
While the contractor will do all it can to keep noise to a
minimum after 10pm, there will at times be a need to conduct noisy
works after dark.
Once the old rail and concrete is removed, new rail, concrete
and asphalt will be laid and the foundations for the level access
stops will be built.
Further works to complete the accessible tram stops will be
completed in the weeks following the main construction period.
Public transport options
With High Street closed, Route 86 trams will be replaced
by buses between Dundas Street and Clifton Hill Interchange.
The tram replacement bus will divert in both directions via High
Street, Westgarth Street, Victoria Road and Darebin Road.
Passengers using the replacement bus service should allow extra
time for their journey.
The tram replacement bus will service existing bus stops in
Victoria Road. Passengers wanting to catch the tram replacement bus
must hail the driver to indicate they want to board the
Bus routes 246, 250 and 251 in Victoria Road will operate as
Epping Line trains may provide customers with an alternative
transport option during the works.
With High Street closed, motorists should detour via St Georges
Road and Station Street. Motorists are encouraged to take
alternative routes as far from the works area as possible to avoid
congestion near the worksite.
Signage and traffic controllers will be on duty throughout the
works to help motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
Pedestrian access in High Street
All footpaths will remain open during the works, however there will
be limited crossings of High Street. Pedestrians will be able to
cross High Street at Separation Street and Clarke Street.