Stronger bridges for Melbourne's next generation trams

The Victorian Government is strengthening bridges to improve capacity on some of Melbourne’s busiest tram routes, to get people where they need to go safer and sooner.

What we are doing 

We are set to commence strengthening the Spencer Street bridge over the Yarra River (near Crown Casino) and the St Georges Road bridge over the Merri Creek in Northcote in late June.  

Works will involve reinforcing bridge foundations including piling and welding to strengthen bridge beams and will continue through to January 2020.  

Similar works will be undertaken to the St Kilda Junction Tram Bridge over Princes Highway East later in the year. 

What are the benefits?

The Spencer Street Bridge services Routes 96 and 109, two of the busiest routes on the network. The St Georges Road Bridge services Route 11, which connects West Preston to the Victoria Harbour Docklands via popular destinations including the Brunswick Street restaurant and shopping precinct and St Vincent’s Hospital.

Current load restrictions restrict all low-floor trams, including E-class trams, to travel at a maximum speed of 10km/h over the bridges.

These upgrades will extend the lifespan of the bridges, allow for the removal of the load restrictions and ensure they can continue to carry the heavier, low-floor E-class trams.

The E-class trams are the biggest and most accessible in Victoria, with low floors, more myki readers, better customer information and space for more than 200 passengers. 

How will these works impact you?

Spencer Street bridge strengthening 

We’ll be working:

  • 7am - 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 1am - 7am, Monday to Friday during August. These works have been planned to occur at night to minimise impacts for Yarra River tour operators and other river users. 

During the works, there will be: 

  • temporary off-peak lane closures on the bridge
  • a reduced speed limit during works to ensure safety of crews and motorists
  • medium-high level noise and some vibration. Noisy activities will be prioritised to occur during the day to minimise impacts on the community.

During August, the Yarra River will be closed to complete works under the bridge. Please visit the Parks Victoria website for information about this closure. 

St Georges Bridge

We’ll be working: 

  • 7am - 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 1am - 5am, Monday to Friday during October. These works have been planned to occur at night to minimise impacts to the tram network

During the works, there will be:

  • temporary off-peak lane closures on the bridge and on Merri Parade
  • a reduced speed limit during works to ensure safety of crews and motorists
  • medium-high level noise and some vibration. Noisy activities will be prioritised to occur during the day to minimise impacts on the community.

In October, we’ll be replacing bearings under the bridge over a two-week period. So that we can safely complete this work, we’ll need to temporarily close St Georges Road at night between 1am and 5am. We’ll provide further information including details about detours closer to the time. 

Contact us

Email: [email protected]

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