A new tram substation is to be built at St Kilda Junction on St Kilda Road in Melbourne, as part of the Victorian government’s effort to revitalise the network by investing in new trams and infrastructure.
According to the government, the new substation will help boost the capacity of the network to meet steadily increasing passenger demand. Approximately 600,000 trips are currently made on Melbourne’s trams each weekday, a figure expected to increase to over 1 million trips by 2031.
The new St Kilda Road substation has been strategically placed to provide power to the nearby Routes 3/3a, 5, 16, 64 and 67.
Following community feedback on several design options presented at an information session earlier in the year, an architect has been appointed by Public Transport Victoria (PTV) to develop three concept designs, which also will be released for community feedback in November 2017 prior to the final selection.
The location for the new substation has already been confirmed by PTV and early preparatory works will commence at the site in late October, including the erection of temporary site fencing and the construction of a work site office. These will be followed by earthworks in November, including the preparation of foundations and construction of conduits, while the prefabricated substation is expected to be installed in early 2018.
Work will mainly be carried out weekly from Monday to Friday, 7am – 5pm, and is expected to be complete within 7 months.