St Kilda Junction substation - power supply upgrade project

18 April, 2017

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) and Yarra Trams are building a new tram power substation at St Kilda Junction, St Kilda. These power upgrade works are part of the Victorian Government's $1.3 billion investment in new trams and modern infrastructure to help cater for the future demand of Melbourne's tram network.

These substations are common across the network and this one has been strategically chosen to provide power to nearby Routes 3/3a, 5, 16, 64 and 67.

What will the substation look like?

The substation will have an average footprint of 15m x 8m and will be housed within a fully enclosed containerised building. The substation will also include architectural features to minimise visual impact and to help the structure blend in with the surrounding environment.

An architect has been engaged to work closely with key stakeholders to design the substation. The architect will seek feedback from VicRoads and the City of Port Phillip Council to ensure the architectural facade of the structure is visually appealing and appropriate for the local area. Local community feedback will also be considered.


Early work will commence on site in mid-June 2017. Earth works will begin on site in July 2017, including preparation of foundations and construction of conduits.

Work will mainly be carried out weekly from Monday to Friday, 7am - 5pm. We expect to complete the build in seven months; however, the level of on-site work will vary during this time with some periods of low activity. We'll provide advance notice of activities likely to cause disruption during construction.

The site will be securely fenced off for the entire construction period. Most works will be restricted to the substation site, however for a short period underground connection work will require additional land. Any impact to the land outside the site area will be remedied once works are complete.

Public Information Session

A Public Information Session will be held for residents, businesses and interested people to find out more about the new tram power substation.

The session will be an opportunity to learn more about the project and what the upgrade means for the community both during the works and into the future. This will also be an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed architectural treatment for the substation.


Thursday 4 May 2017
6pm - 8pm
St Kilda Sports Club
66 Fitzroy St, St Kilda (Melways Reference: Map 2P B4)

For more information call 1800 800 007 6am - midnight (all night Friday & Saturday) or email

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