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Yarra Trams has completed major track renewal works
and the construction of an accessible tram interchange in
The track renewal works and new accessible "central
island" platform stop at the junction of Riversdale Road, Wallen
Road and Power Street were completed in only six
This is an amazing engineering achievement and we
appreciate the patience of the local community, Yarra Trams
customers and motorists during the works.
Trams and traffic were flowing before the morning peak on
Friday 6 July.
As well as renewing and realigning 450 metres of double
tram track, our team and the contractors also replaced a complex
tram junction and a crossover as well as renewing the overhead
power network and restoring the road surface.
The central island platform stop enhances accessibility
and safety for our customers. This improvement provides a
cohesive interchange point for passengers who change between the
Route 70 and Route 75 trams at this intersection.
The track in Riversdale Road was last renewed in 1958,
Wallen Road track was installed in 1971 and Power Street was last
renewed in 1978.
The renewal work improves track quality, reduces noise
and minimises the risk of tram derailments. It will
also save on maintenance of both the tracks themselves, and
the trams that travel along this section of the network.
The finishing touches on the accessible platform stop such
as some shelter glass and signage will be completed in coming
These track renewal and maintenance works are part of a
program to build for the next 100 years of Melbourne's
The State Government is investing $54 million this year on
tram network maintenance and renewal.
On the tram network this year, the State Government and
Yarra Trams will:
Published: 6 July 2012
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