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Yarra Trams and VicRoads have launched a marketing campaign to
encourage shoppers to buy local in High Street Northcote and
Westgarth this festive season.
As part of the campaign, Yarra Trams has worked with the
Northcote and Westgarth traders associations to develop eye
catching designs for the fronts of trams, on board posters and
brochures to be distributed to 7000 households between Clifton Hill
During late night trade on Thursday nights in the lead up to
Christmas, roving street performers will keep visitors entertained
while they search for the perfect gift.
Yarra Trams Marketing Manager, Matthew McDonell said the
initiative was a great way to encourage people to catch the tram,
shop local and support High Street traders.
"High Street boasts some of Melbourne's most creative retailers
which makes it the perfect place to find unique gifts for family
and friends this Christmas.
"With Westgarth and Northcote linked by Ruckers Hill - and one
of Melbourne's best views - Thursday night shopping in High Street
is going to be a lot more fun than battling for a car park in a
"There are a range of diverse restaurants and bars available to
help sustain visitors through a marathon shopping expedition.
"With Route 86 trams running at a high frequency until 8:30pm on
Thursday nights, the tram is the best way to get to High Street,"
The initiative follows extensive tram track renewal and
streetscape improvements along High Street in the second half of
The Route 86 tram improvement works are progressing with much of
the tiling and streetscape works to be completed by 16
Work will resume in mid-January to complete the final design
elements such as street furniture, shelters and real time tram
arrival displays prior to the stops opening for passenger use.
Yarra Trams is also working with trader groups in St Kilda,
Albert Park Village, Malvern, Barkly Square, Camberwell Junction,
Flemington and East Burwood on Christmas marketing campaigns to
support local traders.