Tram Network Upgrade - Brunswick Road, Brunswick

7 October, 2016

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) and Yarra Trams will soon begin refurbishing a power substation at 119 Brunswick Road, Brunswick. These power upgrade works are part of the Victorian Government's $1.1 billion investment in new trams and infrastructure to help cater for the future demand of Melboure's tram network.

161007 Ly brunswick sub artist impression

What is planned?

The scope of works include:

  • pouring of concrete driveway
  • construction of new cable pits at the front of the building
  • internal fit out and power connection works
  • testing and commissioning
  • architectural treatment, landscaping and site clean-up.


  • Early work will commence on site in early 2017.
  • Work will be predominantly carried out from Monday to Friday, 7am-5pm. It is expected the refurbishment of the substation will be completed over a 7 month period; however the level of on-site work will vary during this time with some periods of low activity.
  • PTV and Yarra Trams will provide advance notice of activities likely to cause disruption during construction.


  • Residents can expect construction vehicles moving through the local area. At times temporary lane closures and footpath closures will be required. Traffic controllers will be present to help minimise disruption to motorists and pedestrians. Please look for warning signage and follow the direction of traffic controllers.

Minimising impacts on the local community

  • During this time residents and traders can expect to hear some construction-related noise. Our workers will be mindful of keeping noise to a minimum and respecting the needs of the local community.

161007 Ly Brunswick sub map

Providing a tram network for the future

  • Upgrading tram power is an important part of modernising Melbourne's tram network. This substation will provide power to nearby routes 1 and 8. Upgrades to substations will deliver a more reliable power supply to support high capacity trams as they are introduced across the network.

Keeping the local community informed

  • PTV and Yarra Trams are committed to keeping the local community informed of construction activity and progress. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this important upgrade work.
  • If you would like to know more about this upgrade, please call 1800 800 007 or email

Tram Network Upgrade - Brunswick substation - project newsletter (PDF, 691KB)

Tram Network Upgrade - Brunswick subsation - project update (November)  (PDF, 159KB)

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