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 have commenced works on strengthening the Spencer Street bridge over the Yarra River and the St Georges Road bridge over the Merri Creek in Northcote. 

Works will involve reinforcing bridge foundations as well as structural steel strengthening of bridge beams and welding to increase bridge beam capacity. The works will continue through to March 2020.  

Similar works were completed in November 2019 to the St Kilda Junction Tram Bridge over Princes Highway.  

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 until March 2020

During the works, you can expect to see: 

  • temporary off-peak lane closures on the bridge
  • a reduced speed limit during works to ensure safety of crews and motorists
  • some noise an some vibration. 

St Georges Bridge strengthening 

We’ll be working: 

  • 7am - 6pm, Monday to Friday until March 2020
  • 11pm - 6am - Sunday to Thursday until February 2020.

These works have been planned in order to minimise impacts to the tram network. 

During the works, you can expect to see:

  • 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
  • some noise and some vibration.
If you’re traveling through the area, please watch out for our crews and drive safely.   

Contact us

Email: [email protected]

 

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