Tram track renewal - Lygon Street between Weston Street and Elgin Street

24 November, 2017

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are renewing tram tracks along Lygon Street between Weston Street and Elgin Street.

The track in the work area are more than 50 years old and need to be renewed.

Improved safety kerbing and line marking will reduce the risk of vehicle-tram collisions, supporting the safety and reliability for all road users.

This project will deliver:

  • Replacement of the track and overhead lines
  • New safety kerbing to improve tram to vehicle separation between Weston Street and Elgin Street
  • Red markings at intersections to improve road safety

The renewed track will create a smoother road surface providing a quieter ride with less tram noise.

Timing

Preliminary works

Preliminary rail welding starts Sunday 3 December 2017 until major works commence on the west side of Lygon Street between Cemetery Road East / Princes Street and MacPherson Street.

Selected tram poles will be replaced. Notification letters will be sent to affected residents with further details.

Major works

Major works will occur 24 hours a day on Lygon Street.

  • Area 1 - Weston Street to Park Street from 12:01am Wednesday 3 January until 5am Monday 8 January
  • Area 2 - Park Street to Cemetery Road East / Princes Street from 12:01am Wednesday 3 January until 5am Wednesday 17 January
  • Area 3 - Cemetery Road East to Elgin Street from 2:01am Monday 8 January to 5am Wednesday 17 January.

Due to the staged nature of these works, there may be minor variations to the above timeframes.

Tram passengers

Route 1 and 6 services will be affected.

For more details closer to the time, please see latest service changes.

Motorists

During preliminary works, lane closures and local traffic management will be in place but no roads will be closed.

During major works, fencing will be installed from kerb to kerb.

Staged road closures will be in place on Lygon Street between 12:01 Wednesday 3 January until 5am Wednesday 17 January 2018.

During major works, road openings for vehicles will be available as follows:

  • Cemetery Road East / Princes Street throughout the project
  • Park Street between Wednesday 3 January and Sunday 7 January 2018
  • Brunswick Road between Monday 8 January and Wednesday 17 January 2018

Information regarding local access will be provided to affected residents including changes to rubbish collections.

Traffic controllers will direct traffic and help facilitate local access where needed. To avoid delays when using vehicles please park in side streets, noting local conditions.

Pedestrians

The work zone will be fenced off for safety however footpaths will remain open around the work area to allow pedestrian access to businesses and residences located around the work zone.

Cyclists

The capital city bike trail through the Linear Park Reserve will be temporarily closed at Lygon Street. A temporary detour will be in place for the bike trail.

Noise and dust

Associated noise and dust from machinery, vehicles and work crews is unavoidable, but Yarra Trams will do all it can to keep this to a minimum. The noisiest work will occur between 6am and 10pm; however there may be a need to conduct noisy work outside these hours to ensure that the work is completed by 5am Wednesday 17 January 2018.

We advise that this work is being performed in accordance with our obligations to Public Transport Victoria and is necessary to maintain a safe tram network as required by the Rail Safety Act 2006 (Vic).

For more information visit ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 007 6am - midnight (all night Friday & Saturday).

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