Route 96 Project

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.

Route 96 is being upgraded to be Melbourne's first premium line.  Upgrades will improve access and reliability along the route and demonstrate the benefits of a modern light rail network.  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 premium line strategy will deliver fully accessible trams and level access stops, dynamic automated passenger nformation, effective separation from road vehicles and priority signalling where possible.

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

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 project 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.

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 project 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 project 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.

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.

Work packages

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

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

Route 96 Improvements: Nicholson Street

Route 96 Improvements: Stop 124 World Trade Centre and Stop 125 Port Junction

Route 96 Improvements: Stop 133 Fitzroy Street and Acland Street, St Kilda

Community consultation

In June 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.

Publications

Project Overview (PDF) 848 kB

Project Overview - accessible version (RTF) 115kB

Project Factsheet (PDF) 557 kB

Project Factsheet - accessible version (RTF) 82kB

Project map: Brunswick to CBD (PDF) 91 kB

Project map: Brunswick to CBD - accessible version (RTF) 61kB

Project map: CBD to St Kilda (PDF) 85 kB

Project map: CBD to St Kilda - accessible version (RTF) 59kB

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 route96@ptv.vic.gov.au

You can also complete an online feedback form.