Tram track renewal - Fitzroy Street at St Kilda Station Light Rail - 24 to 27 June 2017

Thursday 25 May 2017

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are renewing tram tracks on Fitzroy Street, at St Kilda Station Light Rail, St Kilda.

The curved tram tracks within the work-zone are approximately 17 years old and require renewing. The track renewal will improve the radius of the track reducing noise as trams turn at the intersection. The renewal will also repair the road surface for cyclists and tram passengers.


Preliminary track renewal work

Preliminary work began Monday 5 June between the first and last trams, 1:30am to 5:30am. This work involved replacing overhead wires, service proving and other minor civil works. For this work traffic will be managed but no roads will be closed.

Major track renewal work

Major work will occur on Fitzroy Street between Balluk William Court and Canterbury Street (Grey Street). Works will commence 12:01am on Saturday 24 June and will continue 24 hours a day until 5am Tuesday 27 June 2017.

Tram passengers

Route 3a, 16 and 96 tram services will be affected

  • Buses will replace Route 3a and 16 trams between Stop 134 Park Street and Stop 29 Union Street/St Kilda Rd.
  • Buses will replace Route 96 Trams between stop 130 Middle Park and Stop 138 Luna Park.

Both bus services will divert around the work zone.

For more details refer to service update Routes 3a, 16 & 96 - Tram improvement work - Saturday 24 to Monday 26 June.


Due to the nature of works, access to Fitzroy Street will close from 12:01 Saturday 24 June until 5am Tuesday 27 June 2017.

  • Fitzroy Street will be closed from the intersection of Canterbury Street and Grey Street (St Kilda light rail area) to Lakeside Drive and Princes Street.
  • Through traffic on Fitzroy Street will be detoured via Barkly Street, Canterbury Road and Lakeside Drive for the duration of the works.

Traffic controllers will direct traffic and help facilitate local access where needed.


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

Noise and dust

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 6 am and 10 pm, however, there will be a need to conduct noisy work outside these hours to ensure that the work is completed by 5 am on Tuesday 27 June 2017.

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

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 or call 1800 800 007 6 am - midnight (all night Friday & Saturday).