Swan Street/Wallen Road tram works - 3 to 9 January 2017

Friday 16 December 2016

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are renewing tram tracks and on Wallen Road in Hawthorn. Major works will take place across the Wallen Road bridge between Morang Road and Yarra Boulevard.

Tram tracks across the Wallen Road bridge are 79 years old and require renewing. The renewed track will deliver a better road surface for motorists, cyclists and tram passengers, produce less tram noise due to potholes, broken rails and wheel squealing, and will be quicker to repair in the future due to the use of new semi resilient materials.


Preliminary work track renewal

Preliminary work will begin on Monday 2 January 2017 and will continue until major works commence on Tuesday 3 January 2017. These works will involve the unloading and pre-welding of rails in preparation for the track renewal. These works will occur in the left hand lane (east bound) directly on the Swan Street/Wallan Road bridge.

Major work track mainteance and renewal

Major work will occur on Wallen Road between Morang Road and Yarra Boulevard. Works will commence at 1:30am on Tuesday 3 January 2017 and continue 24 hours a day until 5:00am Monday 9 January 2017. This section of Wallen Road will be closed to all motorists during this time.

Tram passengers

Route 70 trams will be affected. For service change details, refer to signage on the network, tramTRACKER or at yarratrams.com.au/servicechanges


Swan Street/Wallen Road will be closed to motorists between Power Street and Yarra Boulevard from 1:30am Tuesday 3 January until 5:00am Monday 9 January 2017. Detours will be in place for the duration of the works.


Footpaths across the Wallen Road bridge will be fenced off for safety reasons, however will remain open throughout the works for pedestrian access.

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 Monday 9 January 2017.

We thank you for your patience and regret any inconvenience caused by this essential repair work.

We advise that it 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 public transport information, customer feedback & to report graffiti call 1800 800 007 6am-midnight (all night Friday & Saturday) or visit ptv.vic.gov.au