Tram track renewal - Victoria Parade between Gisborne and Brunswick Streets - 10 to 13 June 2017

Friday 12 May 2017

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are renewing tram tracks on Victoria Parade, between Gisborne Street and Brunswick Street, East Melbourne.

The curved tram tracks within the work-zone are 15 years old and need renewing. The renewed tracks will deliver a better road surface for cyclists and tram passengers, produce less tram noise due to broken rails and wheel squealing.


Preliminary track renewal work

The preliminary work will commence on Monday 5 June 2017 between the first and last trams, and if required continue for several nights. This will involve pre-welding track and overhead work.

Major track renewal work

Major work will occur on Victoria Parade between Brunswick and Gisborne Streets in East Melbourne and Brunswick Street at the intersection of Victoria Parade. Work will take place from 12:01am Saturday 10 June and continue 24 hours a day until 5:00am Tuesday 13 June 2017.

Tram passengers

Route 11, 12 and 109 tram services will be affected

  • Buses will replace Route 12 & 109 trams between Stop 7 101 Collins St & Stop 18 Hoddle St.
  • Route 11 will operate between West Preston and Stop 13 Gertrude Street.
  • Route 11 passengers should consider south Morang line train or Route 86 trams to bypass the work zone.

Both bus services will divert around the work zone.

For more details refer to service update Routes 11, 12, 48 & 109 - Tram improvement work - Saturday 10 to Monday 12 June.


Several road closures will be in place from 12:01 am on Thursday 8 June until 5 am on Tuesday 13 June 2017:

  • Access on Victoria Parade between Nicholson Street and Lansdowne Street will impact inbound and outbound lanes during different times.
  • Gisborne Street will be closed between Albert Street and Victoria Parade.
  • Brunswick Street will be closed between Gertrude Street and Victoria Parade. Only local access will be permitted.

Detours will be in place 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

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 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 13 June 2017.

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).