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The first revitalisation of the Acland Street Precinct in over
two decades is now finished, delivered in partnership with Public
Transport Victoria, Yarra Trams, and the City of Port Phillip.
Representatives from the three organisations officially opened
the newly revamped Acland Street plaza this morning.
Public Transport Victoria CEO, Jeroen Weimar said the project
was a result of a $72 million upgrade to improve Route 96, one of
Melbourne's busiest tram routes.
"Acland Street has been revitalised for the first time in more
than two decades into one of Melbourne's best shopping strips in
partnership with Yarra Trams and the City of Port Phillip and as
part of the Government's $72 million upgrade to Route 96," Mr
The newly designed terminus for Route 96 incorporates an
accessible, pedestrian-friendly platform stop complemented by a
completely redesigned streetscape delivered by Yarra Trams on
behalf of the City of Port Phillip.
Mayor of City of Port Phillip, Cr Bernadene Voss said the new
streetscape provides the perfect setting for seasonal events while
allowing more capacity for the 30,000 visits by tram to and from
Acland Street every week.
"The new public plaza, created through our partnership with PTV
and Yarra Trams, will be a hub for community events and add to the
vibrancy of the iconic Acland Street," Cr Voss said.
After more than 22,000 hours of work, Acland Street has received
its first major upgrade since 1994, resulting in an integrated
community space and a more efficient and accessible tram terminus
for Route 96 which sees 345,000 trips per week.
Yarra Trams CEO Nicolas Gindt said: "Yarra Trams is proud to
work in partnership to create places for people. This plaza project
offers new vitality and accessibility to an urban space, and we are
happy to see it already being used by its community."
Member for Albert Park, Martin Foley MP said: "The newly
established pedestrian plaza provides open public space that is
safer and more accessible to visitors and passengers with
accessibility requirements, meaning more people can visit the
iconic shopping strip than ever before."