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Over the Easter and ANZAC Day long weekend Yarra Trams
replaced 740 metres of double track along Spencer Street between La
Trobe Street and Flinders Street and on the Spencer Street
The project renewed tracks which had first been installed in
1951 and introduced measures providing segregation between trams
and traffic to improve safety and tram service reliability along
one of the busiest sections of Melbourne's tram network.
A community briefing session was held before the works and Yarra
Trams consulted with other public transport operators and local
stakeholders to ensure that there was a minimum of disruption to
Easter and ANZAC Day services in the city, as well as ensuring that
crowds could still easily access sporting events at the MCG and
AAMI Park after arriving at Southern Cross Station.
Scheduled track renewal across the network forms part of the
agreement between Yarra Trams and the State of Victoria to operate
the world's largest tram system.
Click below to see time lapse footage which shows the five days
of works in just three minutes.
Click below to watch a video of the start of the works on Good
Friday (22 April 2011).