Yarra Trams

Upcoming works

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

In addition to the works projects listed below, Yarra Trams conducts emergency repairs on tracks, power poles and other tramway infrastructure. These works are often required at very short notice to address an immediate and specific need. 

The impact on the surrounding community depends on the type of repairs, however due to their urgent nature Yarra Trams is not always able to give advance warning.  We thank you for your patience and regret any inconvenience caused by these emergency works which are essential to the continued safe and efficient operation of the tram network.

Upcoming works

Date Works location Routes affected Status Type of works
Monday 25 August to Friday 19 September Stop 3 - Market Street and Flinders Street, Melbourne 70, 75 and City Circle Confirmed Tram stop improvements
Monday 1 September to Thursday 25 September Stop 5 - Elizabeth Street and Bourke Street, Melbourne 86 and 96 Confirmed Tram stop improvements
Monday 29 September to Sunday 5 October Elgin Street between Swanston Street and Lygon Street, Carlton 1 and 8 Planned Construction of  new centre island level access stop
Monday 22 September to Friday 24 October Stop 122 Southern Cross Station/Spencer Street 96 Confirmed Tram stop improvements
Monday 29 September to Friday 31 October Stop 6 Swanston Street and Bourke Street 86 and 96 Confirmed Tram stop improvements
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 October Stop 132 St Kilda Station 96 Confirmed Track maintenance
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October Collins Street, between Victoria Harbour & Spencer St 11, 12, 48 & 109 Confirmed New safety kerbing & track renewal

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Status:

Planned - the need for works has been identified and planning has commenced. Specific dates may not have been identified at this stage.

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 major works date listed here.

Type of Works:

Tram stop construction - Part of the TRAMSformation of Melbourne's tram network involves the building of accessible tram stops. This assists people who are mobility impaired, elderly or with prams to more easily board trams.  This development usually involves heavy construction over a short period of time, often over one weekend.  Road lanes and tram tracks will be closed during the major works so tram service changes and traffic diversions will be required.  The stop will not re-open immediately after the major works as finishing work to the tram stop will continue for a number of weeks.

Track renewal and maintenance - On average tram tracks are replaced every 30 years. With 250 kilometres of double track, we have an ongoing program of replacing and repairing tram tracks at different locations on the network every year. The renewal and repair of tram tracks improves 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, broken rails and wheel squealing.

Track renewal involves heavy work to break the road surface, remove the old tracks, insert the 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.

This renewal and maintenance work often needs to be 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. External factors, such as bad weather, can significantly affect our ability to finish the work on time.

Road closures and tram service changes are often 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.

Associated dust and noise from machinery, vehicles and work crews is unavoidable but Yarra Trams does all it can to keep this to a minimum. The use of reverse beepers and flashing lights is a safety requirement and these devices cannot be switched off.

Overhead - Power is supplied to trams through the overhead wires.  With more than 500 kilometres of overhead wire, regular maintenance and renewal is required.  Overhead 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 works.

Infrastructure - This involves upgrading infrastructure required to keep the tram network moving.  It involves a wide range of works including the maintenance of buildings, tram depots, power substations and other network facilities.  The impact of the works varies greatly depending on the specific project.

External Works - These works are being done by a third party, not by Yarra Trams.  However the works can affect tram services.  This includes VicRoads and Council road works, building construction involving cranes, utility repairs and maintenance etc.  While Yarra Trams works with the external organisation to minimise tram service disruptions, we do not have direct control over the works.  Any inquiries should be directed to the organisation or utility undertaking the works.

Yarra Trams welcomes customer feedback on 1800 800 007 (6am - Midnight daily).