Yarra Trams

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

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.

Local updates

Yarra Trams will be installing detector loops for traffic signals along Lygon Street at the intersections of Park Street, Holtom Street East, Pigdon Street, Richardson Street, Lytton Street and Waterloo Street.

  • Detector loop installation will occur 15, 16 and 17 January from 10pm to 6am
  • This work will involve mechanical drilling outside standard hours at night

On Thursday at 11 January 10:45am water was reconnected for properties north of Princes St along Lygon street to Macpherson Street.

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 operate as Route 1a & 6a
  • Buses will replace trams between Stop 1 Melbourne University and Stop 122 Glenlyon Road

Buses will divert around the work zone, travelling via Rathdowne Street.

For a map and further details, please see Route 1 and 6 - Tram improvement work- Wednesday 3 to Tuesday 16 January.

Motorists

During preliminary works, lane closures and local traffic management will be in place butroads will be closed.

To avoid delays when using vehicles please park in side streets, noting local conditions.

During major works, temporary fencing will be erected along the kerb on Lygon Street.

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.

Bin collections during this time

There will be minor changes to bin collections along Lygon Street from 3 January to 17 January 2018.

Please note:

  • City of Moreland residents and businesses: bin night changes from 5th of January to 8th of January
  • City of Yarra residents and businesses: Put bins out as normal - Yarra Trams will work in collaboration with Council for waste collection
  • City of Melbourne residents and businesses: Put bins out as normal - Yarra Trams will work in collaboration with Council for waste collection

For missed collections please call:

  • City of Moreland (Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm) (03) 9240 1111
  • City of Yarra (03) 9205 5555
  • City of Melbourne (03) 9658 9658

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).