TRAMS TO ADD TRIPS

Ad­di­tional ser­vices start on May 20

Herald Sun - - FRONT PAGE - KIERAN ROONEY

PAS­SEN­GERS on over­crowded tram routes are about to get re­lief from the ad­di­tion of 500-plus ser­vices a week across Mel­bourne.

The ex­tra ser­vices are to be­gin from May 20, un­der an­nual timetable changes.

More week­day trips will be added to Routes 1,3,5,6,16,64,67 and 72, which all run along St Kilda Rd. This will im­prove ser­vice fre­quency along the world’s busiest tram cor­ri­dor dur­ing Metro Rail Tun­nel con­struc­tion.

PAS­SEN­GERS on over­crowded tram routes are about to get some re­lief, with more than 500 new ser­vices a week to be added across Mel­bourne to meet grow­ing de­mand.

The ex­tra ser­vices will start on May 20, when an­nual changes are made to the Yarra Trams timetable.

More week­day trips will be added to Routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72, which all run along St Kilda Rd, im­prov­ing fre­quency along the world’s busiest tram cor­ri­dor dur­ing Metro Rail Tun­nel con­struc­tion.

Routes 58 and 86 will also be up­graded to turn-up-andgo timeta­bles, in which trams ar­rive ev­ery 10 min­utes be­tween 10am and 7pm.

The an­nual timetable up­date will also add ex­tra week­day off-peak ser­vices to Routes 19, 57, 58 and 59.

In to­tal there will be 534 ad­di­tional tram jour­neys ev­ery week, in­clud­ing 100 that will not run the full route but will carry pas­sen­gers along the busiest sec­tions.

Pub­lic Trans­port Min­is­ter Jac­inta Al­lan said: “By adding ex­tra ser­vices on the most pop­u­lar tram cor­ri­dor in the world along St Kilda Rd, we’re giv­ing peo­ple more op­tions.

“At the same time, we’re get­ting on with build­ing the new Anzac sta­tion and as part of the Metro Rail Tun­nel project to de­liver the fre­quent, re­li­able trans­port pas­sen­gers need.”

Ac­cord­ing to Yarra Trams sta­tis­tics, more than 203 mil­lion tram trips are taken in Mel­bourne ev­ery year. The timetable changes come af­ter work­ers yes­ter­day fin­ished rerout­ing tram lines along St Kilda Rd near the site of the new Anzac sta­tion.

Traf­fic has been re­duced to one lane in both di­rec­tions near the con­struc­tion zone but tram ser­vices will con­tinue at nor­mal fre­quen­cies through­out the course of the project.

The new ser­vices are ex­pected to cre­ate 31 new jobs for tram driv­ers. The new timeta­bles will be re­leased on the PTV web­site to­mor­row.

New tram lines along St Kilda Rd. Pic­ture: IAN CUR­RIE

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