The Victorian Government has outlined a plan to deliver a $3.8 billion investment in new trams, as well as improvements to accessibility and travel across Melbourne.
The Melbourne Tram Plan’s vision is to make trams more accessible and efficient and details how frequency, capacity and reliability can be improved, while cutting journey times and improving connectivity.
As part of the plan, the Victorian Government is delivering 100 next generation trams, as well as a new maintenance and stabling facility in Maidstone.
Planning has also begun on three transport corridors to introduce level access tram stop upgrades. Two of these corridors are along Route 86 in Melbourne’s inner north, which is serviced by low-floor E Class trams. The third corridor is along Route 82 in Footscray, which will be serviced by low-floor next generation trams.
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Together these upgrades will be carried out in Footscray/Maribyrnong, Thornbury/Northcote and Fitzroy/Collingwood.
Under the plan there will also be minor accessibility improvements and a new terminus along routes 57, 59 and 82 in the cities west.
The plan comes a daily tram trips across Melbourne are expected to almost double by 2046.
Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll said the Victorian Government is also encouraging residents who use routes 82 and 86 to have their say on the improvements.
“This plan sets out our vision for a modern tram network and we want to hear from people who travel along these critical tram corridors, to help us plan for improvements that will make the biggest difference to you,” Carroll said.