Route 96 Upgrade

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Modernising Melbourne’s tram network

With Melbourne’s tram patronage the highest since the 1950’s, we are investigating options to modernise the network to move more people by tram, more effectively.

As part of the $800 million Tram Procurement Program, Route 96 is being upgraded to be Melbourne's first fully accessible route.  Upgrades will improve access and journey time reliability along the route and demonstrate the benefits of a modern light rail network for Melbourne.  This is a terminus-to-terminus solution, which, along with the new E-Class trams, will make Route 96 a faster, safer and more reliable service for tram passengers.

The brochure and infographic below outline the key components of modernising the network that are being investigated as part of the Route 96 Upgrade.

Modernising Melbourne’s tram network brochure (PDF) 623kB

Modernising Melbourne's Tram Network - accessible version (RTF) 83kB

Route 96 Project infographic (PDF) 230kB

Route 96 Project Infographic - accessible version (RTF) 79kB

Project description

Route 96 is one of Melbourne’s busiest tram routes operating along a 14-kilometre corridor from Blyth Street in East Brunswick in the north, through the CBD to Acland Street, St Kilda, in the south.

Public Transport Victoria, in partnership with Yarra Trams and VicRoads, is delivering infrastructure upgrades along Route 96 to improve access, safety, reliability and efficiency for tram customers.  Key elements of the upgrade include:

  • upgrading tram stops with accessible platforms, making them safer and accessible for all customers;
  • relocating or removing some tram stops to make sure stops are spaced more evenly, improving access and tram journey times;
  • measures to improve service journey time and reliability; and
  • new terminus stops at Blyth Street, East Brunswick and Acland Street, St Kilda.

The key objectives of the project are to:

  • increase access to trams and safety for customers through providing improved infrastructure and information;
  • improve tram reliability and efficiency through increased priority and accessible infrastructure;
  • ensure better utilisation of the road network with a focus on moving people; and
  • design a full route of enhancements to demonstrate the benefits of a modern light rail system in Melbourne conditions, compared with a traditional tram network.

Project benefits

The introduction of new E-Class low-floor trams onto Route 96 will bring significant benefits to the community including improved access, increased capacity and better comfort and amenity. The Route 96 Upgrade will maximise these benefits and ensure that the supporting infrastructure is as modern and accessible as the state-of-the-art low-floor trams.

The upgrade also aims to provide tram customers with a significantly improved travel experience, with level access to low-floor trams and faster tram travel times. The improved accessibility and safety will ensure that the new low-floor trams can be used to their full potential.

Work packages

The Route 96 Upgrade is being delivered with a ‘whole-of-route’ approach and design options are being developed at key locations along the route.

Stop 124 Batman Park/Flinders Street was the first stop to be upgraded and these works were completed in January 2015.

Stop 125 Port Junction and the terminus stop at Blyth Street, East Brunswick, are next to be upgraded, with works for both scheduled to be carried out in the second half of 2015.

Click on the following page links to view detailed information about each location:

Community consultation

In mid-2013, the Route 96 project team released early designs for tram stop upgrades and other improvements along the route. We sought feedback from the community and received more than 1,300 responses to the proposals.

The findings of this consultation are provided in the following report:

Community and Stakeholder Feedback Summary Report (PDF) 413kB

Community and Stakeholder Feedback Summary Report - accessible version (RTF) 3.75MB

PTV is now in the process of seeking the further approvals required and we will continue to work with Councils and the local community to progress the project's development.


Project Overview (PDF) 848 kB

Project Overview - accessible version (RTF) 115kB

Modernising Melbourne’s tram network brochure (PDF) 623 kB

Modernising Melbourne's Tram Network - accessible version (RTF) 83kB

Route 96 Project infographic (PDF) 230 kB

Route 96 Project Infographic - accessible version (RTF) 79kB

Further information

For more information, please call Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007 (6am to midnight daily) or email

You can also complete an online feedback form.