Balaclava community benefit from new accessible tram stop
An accessible tram stop is now open at Balaclava station
in Carlisle Street, with the project improving safety and
accessibility and creating a more pedestrian-friendly
Yarra Trams delivered the new tram stop on behalf of Public
Transport Victoria to improve multi-modal accessibility between
Routes 3 and 16 and the Sandringham line.
During the upgrade works, Yarra Trams took the opportunity to
renew tram tracks, overhead wires and power poles to improve the
reliability of the network.
By June 2018, the surrounding streetscape will also be enhanced
with the City of Port Phillip sharing the funding of additional
trees, lighting and footpaths.
The new stop creates a safer environment for tram passengers to
wait and alight, with level access to low-floor trams and real-time
Improved access to trams is achieved by extending the footpath
out to meet the tram tracks, while safety for cyclists and
pedestrians is maintained.
Route 16 is partially served by low-floor trams, which connect
with other accessible services on St Kilda Road, Dandenong Road,
High Street, Malvern Road, Toorak Road and Cotham Road.
The construction of this stop creates a direct, accessible rail
service from the Sandringham line to St Kilda without needing to go
via the CBD.
More than 420 of Melbourne's 1,700 tram stops are accessible,
with additional upgrades happening throughout 2018.
Emilie van de Graaff, Director, Passenger & Network
Innovation, said: "The multimodal accessibility benefits of this
project are tremendous, and it is fantastic to work with the
council to improve amenities for the local community.
"Yarra Trams will continue to work with state and local
government to identify and deliver infrastructure upgrades that
generate value across the network."
Sunny Bhasin, Director, Infrastructure, said: "We thank the
local community for their patience and understanding while we
delivered this project, and hope that the long-term benefits make
the short disruption worthwhile."