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The network around Melbourne's busiest tram depot has
undergone a major upgrade including new track and signals to
improve service reliability, coinciding with the refurbishment of
the 106-year-old heritage-listed Malvern Depot.
Yarra Trams successfully delivered the Government-funded $3.1
million upgrade of depot signalling, tracks and overhead work on
Glenferrie Road, on behalf of Public Transport Victoria
This network investment coincided with an $867,000 upgrade to the
heritage-listed depot funded by Keolis Downer, operator of Yarra
Above: Tram driver Margaret Gregson, Yarra
Trams CEO and Stonnington Mayor Claude Ullin at Malvern Depot.
The major network improvements include installation of a
fully-automated points system at the entrance to the depot to
improve the flow of trams onto the five Melbourne tram lines
operated from Malvern Depot aimed at reducing delays and improving
Malvern Depot opened in 1910 and is home to more than 230 drivers
who drive on Lines 5, 6, 8 16 and 72.
All five routes operated by the depot enter and exit from the same
single track in Glenferrie Road.
The installation of an automated points system improves safety,
removes the need for drivers to leave their cabs to manually change
points and makes it easier for trams to enter and leave the depot
via Glenferrie Road.
Once inside the depot, drivers will benefit from new modern
facilities installed during the refurbishment.
Updated end-of-trip facilities, new break and rest areas and
improved lighting are among the upgrades.
Break areas have been reconfigured to maximise space, while a new
kitchenette and library have been installed with more
energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems. Extra
showers and toilets have also been installed.
New quiet rooms improve employee welfare by enabling drivers to
rest and refresh before starting their shift.
All of the depot's offices and employee areas are fitted with more
durable and efficient LED lighting.
The upgrade at Malvern follows the completion of a two-year
redevelopment of New Preston Depot, which is now home to next
generation E-Class trams and major maintenance and project
Jeroen Weimar, Acting CEO of Public Transport Victoria said:
"Modernising the tram network while preserving its heritage value
is critical to ensure we can deliver the services Melburnians
require now and into the future, while protecting the heritage that
Yarra Trams' CEO, Nicolas Gindt said: "Modernisation of the
world's oldest tram network is critical to ensuring that it can
meet the needs of Melbourne's growing city.
"Providing our drivers with modern facilities and amenities helps
them to start their shift in the right frame of mind to deliver
critical services on some of our busiest routes."
City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Claude Ullin said Malvern Depot has
a long been part of the history of Malvern.
"Some of the building is iconic and it is one of the hidden assets
of this city. I look forward to the depot being more involved in
the life of the city as it has much to contribute," Cr Ullin