Bendigo Tramways expansion on track, with tender now released

Bendigo tram
Supplied by Bendigo City Council

The planned Bendigo Tramways expansion has entered its next phase, with the project now out to tender.

The $10.7 million project is a joint initiative between the City of Greater Bendigo, the Victorian State Government and Bendigo Heritage Attractions.

Bendigo Tramways, once the operator of the city’s commuter tram service before it was decommissioned in 1972, now focuses on preserving the history of trams in the region through tours and education.

As well as running historical and for-hire tram services, the group operates a workshop out of the old Bendigo Tramways Depot where their heritage trams are serviced, repaired and repurposed.

The project will see a new storage facility constructed adjacent to the existing Bendigo Tramways workshop, as well as the upgrade of workshop equipment to assist in the restoration of heritage trams from both Bendigo and across Victoria.

Jacinta Allan, Minister for Transport Infrastructure and Member for Bendigo East, said the release of the tender meant works were now another step closer to getting underway.

“The expansion of Bendigo Tramways will enable our historic trams to be restored and preserved for the future,” Allan said.

The release of the tender follows two rounds of community consultation, during which designs for the project were adjusted and refined. Feedback on the aesthetics of the new building, plans for the surrounding spaces and vegetation, as well as the minimisation of construction impact were all taken on board.

Maree Edwards, Member for Bendigo West, hopes to keep the project local.

“I encourage local contractors to apply for the tender to deliver this project, which will help the iconic Bendigo institution expand their operations so they can continue to deliver a world class service into the future,” Edwards said.

Works on the project are scheduled to commence later this year, with tender applications closing June 15, 2022.

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