St Kilda Junction Substation Facade

August 2019

Melbourne has the world's largest tram network, with around 600,000 trips each weekday. That will increase to over one million trips a day by 2031. To meet this demand, the Victorian Government is revitalising the network by investing in new trams and infrastructure.

Melbourne's trams are powered by an extensive power network that needs to be regularly maintained and upgraded. Substations are a key requirement to keep Melbourne's trams running into the future.

New St Kilda Junction Substation

Public Transport Victoria (PTV), in partnership with Yarra Trams, has constructed a new tram power substation at St Kilda Road, St Kilda Junction.

This work is part of the Victorian Government's investment in new trams and modern infrastructure across Melbourne to boost capacity for the future demand of our tram network.

Substations are common across the network and this one has been strategically placed to provide power to nearby Routes 3/3a, 5, 16, 64 and 67. 

Substation architectural treatment

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) and Yarra Trams engage with local communities whenever a new substation is built.

Following community engagement, Jackson Architecture were briefed and appointed to independently design an architectural treatment for the substation.

Three concept designs were produced and presented at a community session in November 2017. Community feedback was then sort on the three concept designs.

Community feedback on the proposed architectural treatment options indicated a strong preference for the 'Future Forest' design. This landscaped design with timber elements was chosen by 72% of respondents with many telling us that they liked a green approach that blended in with the surrounding area, including other vegetation within the junction.

PTV and Yarra Trams have proceeded with developing this approach in line with community feedback, with Jackson Architecture engaged to progress detailed design.

The design process is now complete and installation of the façade has commenced. Works notification can be accessed here.

Keeping the local community informed

PTV and Yarra Trams are committed to keeping the local community informed of construction activity. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this important upgrade work.

For more information call 1800 800 007 6am - midnight (all night Friday & Saturday) or email