Safety and accessibility will be improved for thousands of passengers following upgrades to the Bundoora RMIT stop on Route 86 over the next five weeks, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne said the upgraded tram stop at the corner of Plenty and McKimmies roads will provide better access for people with mobility needs and parents with prams.
Once completed, the new centre island Stop 71 will have better passenger facilities including shelters, seating and passenger displays.
The new stop will also include tram crossover and dual tram tracks, allowing trams to change direction more easily, improving tram timetable punctuality and operational efficiency.
The works will take place between Monday 7 January and Monday 11 February.
During the works, buses will replace trams from Stop 55 (corner of Boldrewood Pde and Plenty Rd) to the Bundoora end of the line between 2am on February 2 and last tram on February 3.
Buses will also replace trams from Stop 67 (Bundoora Square Shopping Centre) to the Bundoora end of the line between 5am on February 4 and last tram February 10.
There will also be some road disruptions with lane closures along Plenty Rd and right-turning lane closures in McKimmies Rd turning into Plenty Rd. Delays are expected and drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and consider alternative routes.
VicRoads will be closely monitoring traffic in the area and can adjust traffic light signals in real-time to keep congestion to a minimum.
The works will last until Sunday 10 February with trams resuming normal services from the first tram on Monday 11 February. All works have been planned around outside the university semester to minimise disruption to students.
More information is available at ptv.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne
“This is a popular tram stop for the community – we’re upgrading access to trams for everyone because it’s the right thing to do.”
“We’re getting on with improving transport options in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.”
Quote attributable to Member for Bundoora Colin Brooks
“These works will provide improved safety and accessibility for thousands of RMIT students and staff who use this stop as an important interchange to the university campus.”