St Kilda Road users will have more travel options and greater flexibility during Metro Tunnel works thanks to more off-peak tram services.
With the new tram alignment now complete, the extra St Kilda Road services will be introduced on 20 May as part of the annual tram timetable change.
To enable construction of the new Anzac station, parts of St Kilda Road have been reduced to one lane in both directions between Kings Way and Dorcas Street for up to four years.
Trams continue to operate along St Kilda Road as normal during the works, with existing services now being boosted by more trams on weekdays in the off-peak.
Extra weekday services will be added on Routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72, which all run along St Kilda Road.
Route 58, which intersects with St Kilda Road at Domain Interchange, will also increase to a turn-up-and-go frequency on weekends, meaning trams every 10 minutes between 10:00am and 7:00pm across the weekend.
Extra weekday off-peak services are also being added to Routes 19, 57, 58 and 59 as part of the wider timetable update.
Route 86 between Docklands and the RMIT campus in Bundoora will also improve to turn-up-and-go frequency on Sundays.
The extra services in the new timetable are creating 31 new tram driver jobs, with recruitment and training already completed.
The additional services will start 20 May with new timetables available at ptv.vic.gov.au from 19 April.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“Melbourne’s iconic tram network is already the biggest in the world and we’re making it even better.”
“By adding extra services on the most popular tram corridor in the world along St Kilda Road, we’re giving people more options.”
“At the same time we’re getting on with building the new Anzac station and as part of the Metro Tunnel project to deliver the frequent, reliable, turn-up-and-go transport system passengers need.”