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Tram boost for Queensbridge St

11 Jun 2015

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Southbank was subject to major construction works last month when Queensbridge St was torn up as part of a project to upgrade Melbourne’s tram network.

The project, which was delivered by Yarra Trams on behalf of Public Transport Victoria, included track renewal and the installation of two pairs of new raised platforms on Route 55 at stop 112 near Crown Casino and another at stop 114 near City Rd.

According to a Yarra Trams spokesperson, the raised platforms offer a safer area for passengers to board and alight from trams and will provide improved passenger services such as shelters and info screens.

While causing significant congestion along City Rd and Power St between May 23 and 29, Yarra Trams CEO Clement Michel said the project was carried out in the most efficient manner possible.

“Finding a quiet time to renew tracks here is impossible,” he said. “However, it is an important project to renew tracks to ensure passengers can travel as safely and comfortably as possible.”

“I am proud each time we install or begin work on a new accessible tram stop because I believe passionately in creating a public transport network that is fully inclusive.”

St Kilda Rd was also subject to temporary disruption between June 6 and 8, with track and overhead renewal works undertaken outside Federation Square.

Queensbridge St will undergo further upgrade works later this year after the City of Melbourne allocated $400,000 for the project in last month’s budget.

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