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Melbourne's first premium line will move a step closer with the construction of a new level access tram stop outside the World Trade Centre on Route 96 starting on 2 January 2015.
Yarra Trams will deliver the first phase of the Premium Line 96 Project on behalf of Public Transport Victoria (PTV), resulting in safer and faster passenger boarding, new passenger information displays, seating, shelters and new pedestrian signals.
Announcing the $4.5 million stop upgrade, Public Transport Victoria Chief Executive Officer Mark Wild said that the premium line concept will play a key role in transforming Melbourne's tram network.
"The primary goal of Premium Line 96 is to deliver a service that our customers want, one that improves connectivity across the city," Mr Wild said.
"Through improved infrastructure and service efficiencies, the result will be increased tram speed, greater accessibility and a world class level of customer information.
"Route 96 is being upgraded to improve access and reliability along the route and demonstrate the benefits of a modern light rail network."
Yarra Trams will be working from Friday 2 to Sunday 11 January 2015 to deliver the latest level access tram stop on Route 96, which will be known as Stop 124 Batman Park.
The project is part of an investment of more than $800 million to transform Route 96, between East Brunswick and St Kilda, into Melbourne's first fully accessible tram route.
PTV, in partnership with Yarra Trams and VicRoads, are delivering a full route of enhancements which, along with the new E-Class trams, will make it a faster, safer and more reliable service for tram passengers.
Key enhancements of Route 96 will include:
Yarra Trams Chief Executive Officer Clément Michel said E-Class trams are an integral part of the Route 96 upgrade. "Our next generation E-Class trams complement the upgrade of stops, as well as increasing capacity across the network and improving fleet reliability," Mr Michel said.
"Customers have unequivocally given the E-Class trams the thumbs up, particularly with regards to their accessibility, dynamic passenger information, ride smoothness and passenger comfort."
Of the 50 E-Class trams ordered as part of the Tram Procurement Program, 13 are already operating on Route 96, with existing high-capacity low-floor trams cascading to Route 19 between the city and North Coburg.
The project is scheduled for the quieter summer holiday period to minimise disruption to traffic around the intersection of Flinders and Spencer streets, and Yarra Trams will simultaneously conduct a number of other upgrades to track and overhead infrastructure at the intersection.
"An upgrade of this size and significance inevitably means there will be some short term disruption, but we have chosen this time because it will minimise the inconvenience as much as possible," Mr Michel said.
"Customers on Routes 12, 30, 70, 75, 96, 109 and City Circle will be affected during the project and should plan ahead before making their journey. "The intersection of Flinders and Spencer streets will be closed until Friday 9 January, so motorists are also advised to plan ahead to allow for the detours that will be in place."
Tram service changes from Friday 2 to Sunday 11 January, from first to last tram:
Tram service changes from Friday 2 to Thursday 8 January, from first to last tram:
Tram service changes from Friday 9 January to Sunday 11 January from first to last tram:
A wheelchair accessible vehicle will be available for customers using mobility aids or unable to walk the distance between Southern Cross Station and Port Junction.
Customers needing to connect with trams for onward journeys will be provided safe pedestrian access through the construction zone, from Port Junction to Flinders Street and Flinders Street to Southern Cross Station.
For further details customers are advised to refer to onboard brochures and works.yarratrams.com.au closer to the time.
Once the new level access stop is complete, the existing Stop 123 at the corner of Flinders Street and Spencer Street will be removed to optimise the spacing between tram stops on Spencer Street.
This article first appeared on www.yarratrams.com.au
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