Upgrade to tram network and heritage-listed Malvern Depot

15 August, 2016



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 (PTV).

This network investment coincided with an $867,000 upgrade to the heritage-listed depot funded by Keolis Downer, operator of Yarra Trams.


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 reliability.

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 facilities.

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 Melburnians love."

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 said.

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