Tram track renewal - Victoria Street and Church Street intersection - 8 to 11 April 2017

Tuesday 14 March 2017

As part of the modernisation of Melbourne's tram network, Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria are renewing tram tracks at the intersection of Victoria and Church Streets in Richmond.

The curved tram tracks within the work-zone are about 40 years old and require renewing.  The renewed tracks will deliver a better road surface for cyclists and tram passengers, produce less tram noise due to potholes, broken railes and wheel squealing, and will be quicker to repair in the future due to the use of new semi resilient materials.


Preliminary track renewal work

Preliminary work will begin at 12:01 am on Thursday 6 April 2017 and will involve the unloading and pre-welding of rails.  Rails will be unloaded from approximately 1 am on Thursday 6 April 2017.  Welding will occur during daylight hours.

Major track renewal work

Major work will occur at the intersection of Victoria and Church Streets in Richmond.  Works will commence at 12:01 am on Satuday 8 April and will continue 24 hours a day until 5 am on Tuesday 11 April 2017.

Tram passengers

  • Route 12, 78 and 109 tram services will be affected
  • For more details closer to the time, please see latest service changes 


Parking spaces will be temporarily removed on the northern side of Victoria Street, between Church Street and Fairchild Street from approximately 12:01am on Thursday 6 April 2017.

There will be a number of road closures in place from 12:01 am on Saturday 8 April until 5 am on Tuesday 11 April 2017:

  • Victoria and Church Street will be closed between Albert Street and Fairchild Street
  • Church Street will be closed between Princes Street and Baker Street

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 11 April 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).