Balaclava community benefit from new accessible tram stop

14 May 2018

An accessible tram stop is now open at Balaclava station in Carlisle Street, with the project improving safety and accessibility and creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment.

Yarra Trams delivered the new tram stop on behalf of Public Transport Victoria to improve multi-modal accessibility between Routes 3 and 16 and the Sandringham line.

During the upgrade works, Yarra Trams took the opportunity to renew tram tracks, overhead wires and power poles to improve the reliability of the network.

By June 2018, the surrounding streetscape will also be enhanced with the City of Port Phillip sharing the funding of additional trees, lighting and footpaths.

The new stop creates a safer environment for tram passengers to wait and alight, with level access to low-floor trams and real-time service information.

Improved access to trams is achieved by extending the footpath out to meet the tram tracks, while safety for cyclists and pedestrians is maintained.

Route 16 is partially served by low-floor trams, which connect with other accessible services on St Kilda Road, Dandenong Road, High Street, Malvern Road, Toorak Road and Cotham Road.

The construction of this stop creates a direct, accessible rail service from the Sandringham line to St Kilda without needing to go via the CBD.

More than 420 of Melbourne's 1,700 tram stops are accessible, with additional upgrades happening throughout 2018.

Emilie van de Graaff, Director, Passenger & Network Innovation, said: "The multimodal accessibility benefits of this project are tremendous, and it is fantastic to work with the council to improve amenities for the local community.

"Yarra Trams will continue to work with state and local government to identify and deliver infrastructure upgrades that generate value across the network."

Sunny Bhasin, Director, Infrastructure, said: "We thank the local community for their patience and understanding while we delivered this project, and hope that the long-term benefits make the short disruption worthwhile."