TRAMS TO ADD TRIPS
Additional services start on May 20
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