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Upcoming works 2015/2016 
Project dates  Location Details of works  Routes affected  Project status  Works type 
Sat-Mon, 14-16 Nov 2015 Brunswick  Sydney Road, Brunswick 19 Complete Track maintenance
Sat-Thu, 28 Nov-3 Dec 2015 Toorak Toorak Road, Toorak 8 Planned Track maintenance 
Mon-Sat, 30 Nov-12 Dec 2015 Caulfield North  Balaclava Road, Caulfield North  3 & 16 Planned  Track maintenance
Sat-Mon, 12-14 Dec 2015 Hawthorn  Burwood Rd & Power Street Hawthorn (PDF, 155KB) 75 Planned Track maintenance
Sat-Thu, 16-28 Jan 2016 Moonee Ponds  Moonee Ponds Junction 59 & 82 Planned  Proposed tram stop construction & track renewal 
January 2016  Southbank  Clarendon Street & Normanby Road 12, 96, 109  Planned Tram stop construction & track renewal
Sun-Sat, 21-27 Feb 2016 Richmond  Victoria Street, Richmond (PDF, 100 KB) 12 & 109 Planned  Easy access tram stop construction 
Oct 2015 - early 2016 West Preston  JS Grey Reserve Melbourne Water land  11 Planned Substation 
Sep 2015 - early 2016 Brunswick East  Lomond Hotel, corner of Nicholson and Blyth streets (PDF, 100KB)  96 Planned Substation 
Early 2016 Northcote  Corner of Stott Street, opposite Kemp Street (Metro Trains land)  11, 112 Planned Substation 
Early 2016  South Melbourne  Corner of Ferrars Place and Albert Road 96, 12 Planned Substation
TBC  Brunswick West Corner of Grantham Street and Brunswick Road (VicTrack land)  55 Planned Substation 

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Project status

Planned:  The need for works has been identified and planning has commenced. Specific dates may not have been identified.

Tentative:  A detailed planning phase is underway. Generally a date has been identified, although final confirmation is subject to approval from relevant authorities. Dates and details should be treated as indicative at this stage and may change as planning continues.

Confirmed: The date has been secured and works are in the final planning stages. Some preparatory works may commence in the area before the actual date.

In progress:  Works are underway. Some further works may be required to continue after the project dates.

Suspended: The project was in the planning phases, but the works have been suspended at this stage. 

Completed:  The works have been completed.

Type of works

Tram stop construction

What: Building of accessible tram stops.

Benefits: Assists people who are mobility impaired, the elderly, or people with prams to more easily board trams.

Impact: Involves heavy construction over a short period of time, generally less than one week. Roads and tram tracks will be closed during the major works, with tram service changes and traffic diversions required.

Timing: Stops will generally open immediately after the major works has finished. However, commissioning work to the tram stop may continue for a number of weeks.

Track renewal and maintenance

What: On average tram tracks are replaced every 30 years. With 250 kilometres of double track across Melbourne's network, Yarra Trams has an ongoing program of replacing and repairing tram tracks at different locations each year.

Benefits: Improves safety by delivering a better road surface for motorists and cyclists, and ensures a smoother and quieter ride for tram passengers.

Impact:   Track renewal involves heavy work to break the road surface, remove old tracks, replace with new tracks and resurface the road.

Track maintenance involves the repair of damaged track and broken concrete, road resurfacing and the renewal of line markings. Associated dust and noise from machinery, vehicles and work crews is unavoidable. We do everything we can to keep impact to a minimum. The use of reverse beepers and flashing lights is a safety requirement and these devices cannot be switched off.

Timing: This work is often conducted outside normal working hours in order to minimise disruption to daytime traffic and the surrounding community. Crews generally work continuously day and night to complete the work. Road closures and tram service changes are required while this work occurs. The duration of these projects, and the consequent disruption to traffic and trams, depends on the length of track to be renewed or repaired.


What:  Power is supplied to trams through overhead wires. With more than 500 kilometres of overhead wire, regular maintenance and renewal is required.

Impact/timing: Works are typically done overnight to minimise the effect on road traffic and tram services, although sometimes road closures and tram service changes are required. Heavy works are not usually required unless power poles need to be removed or replaced. While these pole works can be noisy, most overhead power works do not create excessive noise.


What: New substations being constructed across the network hav been strategically placed to be near tram routes that will be using the new higher capacity E-Class trams.

Impact/timing: It generally takes about seven months to complete the build and installation of a substation. However, the level of on-site work will vary during this time with long periods of low activity. Residents can expect construction vehicle movements through the local area and will experience some construction related noise. In some cases, there may be temporary lane closures required during construction or installation of the building.

Benefits: Substations are critical to boost the capacity of the tram network. These power upgrades will improve reliability of services and support newly upgraded infrastructure and trams with increased capacity.

Consultation: Ultimately the new tram power substations will operate at under 60,000 volts. This defines them as a minor utility under the Victorian Planning Scheme and therefore do not require planning approval or an official consultation period.

Yarra Trams is working with the landowners of substation sites and local councils to determine the best placement of the substations. Each substation will be within a fully enclosed containerised building that will have architectural features to minimise visual impact. These are designed to help the structure blend in with the surrounding environment and will include landscaping.

External Works 

What: Works undertaken by a third party (not by Yarra Trams) but can affect tram services. This includes VicRoads and Council road works, building construction involving cranes, utility repairs and maintenance. 

Impact/timing: While Yarra Trams works with the external organisation to minimise tram service disruptions, we do not have direct control over the works. Any enquiries should be directed to the organisation or utility undertaking the works.

Third party works and events, which may affect tram services, are listed on our Service Changes page.


Yarra Trams welcomes customer feedback on 1800 800 007.

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