A newly upgraded tram terminus has reopened in the north of Melbourne.
The tram terminus at Melville Road, Pascoe Vale South will improve accessibility and services on Route 58.
It has delivered new amenities for drivers and has created an improved transport hub at the end of the line in Pascoe Vale South.
The upgraded stop includes a 33m platform that aligns with low floor trams for level access boarding, dual tracks to allow trams to turn around more efficiently and new signalised crossing.
New customer information displays, shelter, seating, improved lighting, and safety barriers were also included in the upgrade.
Melissa Horne, Minister for Public Transport and Lizzie Blandthorn, member for Pascoe Vale inspected the newly re-opened upgraded tram terminus on Monday.
“Adding a stabling area has made it easier for trams to turn around, which gives passengers on Route 58 more reliable services to and from the city,” Blandthorn said.
Horne said the Andrew’s Labour Government will continue to add services across the network.
“We’re also upgrading tram stops to make them more accessible for all Victorians,” she said.
The state government-funded upgrade also contributes to future running of the new E-Class trams, that are the largest, safest, and most accessible trams on the network.
E-Class trams are being built in Dandenong, Victoria and all 50 trams are expected to be delivered by mid-2020, bringing the total E-Class fleet to 100 trams.
Each E-Class tram can carry 210 passengers and includes audio and visual passenger information, air conditioning, improved safety features, and dedicated spaces for passengers with mobility aids or prams.
In 2017 route 58 replaced route 8 and 55 to meet high demand in the city’s inner west and north-west.
Route 58 currently runs D, B and Z-Class trams.
Construction of the new Melville Road terminus took place from 14 to 22 February 2020.