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As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra
Trams will be renewing the tram tracks in Chapel Street between
Dandenong Road and Commercial/Malvern Road from the early hours of
Saturday 25 August to approximately 5am Wednesday 29 August.
The tram tracks in Chapel Street have not been replaced since
1974 and need to be renewed. The works will improve safety for
everyone as well as delivering a better road surface for motorists
and cyclists, a smoother ride for tram passengers, and less tram
noise associated with potholes and broken rails.
An information booth will be open outside Prahran Town Hall from
10am to 4pm on Saturday 18 August for any questions about the
Chapel Street tram track works.
Call centre (1800 800 007) hours have been
extended to 24 hours a day between 12am on Saturday 25 August and
Wednesday 29 August for enquiries about the works.
Click here to read a letter to residents and
traders about the works.
There are two distinct phases to the works:
Pre-welding and preparation of lengths of rail
will be done in Dandenong Road and Chapel Street between Monday 13
August and Friday 24 August.
These pre-works will occupy three 100 metre kerbside locations in
Dandenong Road and Chapel Street:
These sites are required for the welding of the new rail into
100 metre sections. Carrying out this work prior to the major works
substantially reduces the amount of time that Chapel Street will
need to be closed to traffic for the major works.
These pre-works zones will be fenced off throughout this period
with work taking place 24 hours per day. There may be noise
associated with the delivery of the rail which needs to occur
in the early hours of the morning to minimise disruption to daily
The major works to renew 1200 metres of double tram
track in Chapel Street from Dandenong Road to High Street and from
High Street to Malvern/Commercial Road will take four days to
Chapel Street will be closed to all traffic between Dandenong Road
and Malvern/Commercial Road for the four days; however
Dandenong Road, High Street and Malvern/Commercial Road will remain
open to allow for the east-west movement of traffic and trams.
The noisiest works will be on the Saturday and Sunday when the
existing road surface is broken and removed to allow for the new
tram tracks to be laid. The beeping of trucks reversing sensors may
also be heard throughout the works.
Whilst Yarra Trams will make every effort to conduct the
noisiest works between 6am and midnight, there may be a need to do
some noisy works outside of these hours to ensure Chapel Street
reopens to traffic on the morning of Wednesday 29 August.
Chapel Street from Dandenong to Malvern Road will be closed to
traffic from 12am on Saturday 25 to 5am on Wednesday 29 August.
Dandenong Road, High Street and Malvern/Commercial Road will all
remain open to trams and traffic throughout the works.
The works zone will be fenced off for safety but all footpaths
will remain open to allow pedestrian access to all businesses along
Chapel Street. Pedestrian crossings will be located at Dandenong
Road, High Street and Malvern/Commercial Road.
Click here to view a map of planned traffic
detours during the works.
Routes 78 and 79 will be replaced entirely by bus services from
Saturday 25 to Tuesday 28 August. The tram replacement buses will
follow the tram routes, except between Carlisle Street and Malvern
Road when the buses will divert via Hotham Street, Williams Road
and Malvern Road to avoid the works zone.
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ABOVE: A typical track renewal project
For public transport information call Public Transport
Victoria on 1800 800 007 (6am to midnight