Acting Minister for Public Transport John Eren has inspected two new tram stops and four kilometres of rail that was built during a successful school holiday construction blitz that will enable Metro Tunnel works to be undertaken.
The new route means trams can continue to run between South Yarra and the CBD while the new station at Domain is being built.
The new 66-metre St Kilda Road stop, near the corner of Toorak Road, has three safer, accessible platforms long enough for two trams.
The new 33-metre Easy Access Stop on Toorak Road West near Millswyn Street will improve access for all passengers by removing the step up onto low floor trams, while maintaining a dedicated traffic lane in each direction for general traffic and cyclists.
From today, Domain Road will close for around five years between St Kilda Road and the western end of Edmund Herring Oval so the new underground station can be built. Over the last two weeks, St Kilda Road has been reduced to one lane in each direction with buses replacing trams between the Shrine of Remembrance and High Street.
Delays for motorists and tram users during the 16 day construction blitz were less than expected, and Bluetooth technology helped to manage traffic flows by providing real-time information on sign boards across the CBD.
Although tram works are complete, works continue on the Swan Street Bridge, the City Link Tulla Widening Project, the Monash Freeway upgrade, and the Hurstbridge and Cranbourne/ Pakenham lines.
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