Construction of new platform stops on St Kilda Rd - 11 June to early August 2015

Wednesday 10 June 2015

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria will be renewing tram tracks and building two pairs of level access platform stops on St Kilda Road at Grant and Coventry streets.

 St Kilda Rd platform stop artist impression


Yarra Trams and PTV conducted community consultation during March to give businesses, residents and the general community an opportunity to learn more about the proposed stops and provide feedback regarding the proposed upgrades.

An information session was held and interested parties were also given the opportunity to learn more or provide feedback by phone and email.

Following the consultation period, Yarra Trams submitted a detailed report to VicRoads, City of Melbourne and City of Port Phillip for consideration and support.

After a thorough review, VicRoads and relevant Councils granted approval for Yarra Trams to construct the tracks and new level access platform stops at Grant and Coventry streets.

Works and timing

Early works activity Approximate start & end times Noise level
Pre-welding, signal works, kerb and channel works, footpath and road re-construction Monday 22 June to Saturday 4 July
from 7am to 5pm daily
Signal works, kerb and channel works, footpath and road crossings Monday 22 June to Saturday 4 July
from 7am to 5pm daily
Major work activity Approximate start & end times Noise level
Removal and reconstruction of tram tracks Saturday 4 July to Thursday 9 July
24 hours a day 
Construction of new tram platforms Saturday 4 July to Saturday 11 July
24 hours a day 
Completion of new platforms and surrounding pedestrian access and removal of old safety zones Saturday 11 July to Sunday 6 August
7am to 5pm 

Traffic management 

From 12:01am Saturday 4 July until 5am Thursday 9 July there will be a full road closure of the St Kilda Road centre carriage way between Park Street and South Bank Boulevard. Traffic will be diverted to north and southbound service roads during the track work and platform construction.

The construction zone will also be fully enclosed with a six foot high fence during this period. 

Why are the new platform stops being installed?

St Kilda Road is the world's busiest tram corridor with nine tram routes providing a combined tram service every minute during peak times. The two new level access platform stops will create a fully accessible tram corridor from Melbourne University/Swanston Street to Domain Interchange/St Kilda Road.

Benefits of the new stops

  • Easier and safer access to trams
  • Increased protection from road traffic
  • Real-time passenger information
  • Improved passenger amenity including shelters, lighting and seating. 

Changes to St Kilda Road

As a result of the construction of the two new level access platforms on St Kilda Road, a number of changes will occur. 

  • The existing signalised pedestrian crossing located at the safety zone stop at Coventry and Dorcas streets will be removed and replaced with a new intersection traffic signal at Dorcas Street
  • A left in/left out only movement at Coventry Street onto St Kilda Road will apply as the new platform will prohibit motorists turning right into or out of St Kilda Road
  • Parking on St Kilda Road will be reconfigured in both directions with the construction of the new level access platforms. 

Tram service changes 

Service changes will apply on Routes 1, 3, 3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, & 72 from Saturday 4 to Wednesday 8 July 2015.

Service changes information can be found via this link. 


The work zones will be fenced off during the construction period for safety but footpaths will remain open to allow pedestrian access to all properties along St Kilda Road.

Tram passengers Routes 1, 3, 3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72 tram services along St Kilda Road will be affected during the main closure from 4 to 9 July with all services diverted via Kings Way and Sturt Street.

The existing safety zone stops at Dorcas, Coventry, Grant and Southbank Boulevard will be removed following the opening of the new platforms at Grant and Coventry Streets.

For details closer to the time, refer to signage on the network or on-board brochures.

Contact us

If you have any further questions about the project, please call 1800 800 007 (6am - midnight daily) or visit