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A CONTROVERSIAL decision by Yarra Trams to whack a substation in the heart of St Kilda Junction has been slammed as a “threat to pedestrian and cyclist safety”.
Construction of the substation, on St Kilda Rd between Fitzroy and Pattison streets, is due to start next month.
But spokesman for the St Kilda Junction Area Action Group (JAAG), Mike Sabey, said residents wanted the 15m x 8m substation built underground or in a different location.
Jeremy Caldicott, who lives near the junction, said pedestrians and bike riders would be “blindsided by trams coming down the hill”.
Spokeswoman for Public Transport Victoria, Chelsea Malseed, said the substation was needed to power larger trams and more services more often along St Kilda Rd, the world’s busiest tram corridor.
“With more than 200,000 people catching trams on St Kilda Rd every day we’re introducing bigger and more accessible trams,” she said.
St Kilda Junction was chosen because of the existing high density land use, water table conditions and because it minimised the amount of vegetation that would need to be cleared.
Ms Malseed said PTV was “continuing to talk with local residents and businesses” during the design process.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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