Environment and Sustainability, Passenger Rail

Makeover for Route 96 terminus

New Acland station. Artists Impression: City of Port Philip

The Council of Port Philip has endorsed a new streetscape framework for the tram terminus at Acland Street, St Kilda.

The renewal plan is part of Public Transport Victoria’s Route 96 Upgrade project.

Under the proposal, which was endorsed at a Council meeting on December 8, Acland Street will include “an integrated streetscape with a promenade feel to encourage pedestrians to stroll along the street”.

A new level-access tram terminus for Yarra Trams’ route 96 will be located just before the entrance to Acland Court, and will be designed for use by people with disabilities, parents with prams and people with luggage and shopping bags, the Council explained.

A new public plaza will be built between Acland Court and Barkly Street.

The Council decision came after a two phase community engagement stage during 2015, which yielded roughly 1500 individual consultation responses. The Council also worked with PTV and Yarra Trams to come to a proposed design for the project.

Now it has endorsed the proposal, the Council will draft a Memorandum of Understanding with PTV to detail each organisation’s responsibilities in the plan, and the delivery and co-funding of the project.

Construction is planned to start in mid-2016 and is set to be complete by summer 2016.