Route 96 Nicholson Street tram stop upgrades

Picture of a low floor e-class tram in the background with a woman and man using a wheelchair in the foreground.

Route 96 is Melbourne's busiest tram route.

We're working towards making Route 96 Melbourne's first fully accessible tram route.

New raised stops along the route will enable everyone, including people who are vision impaired or using wheelchairs, prams and other mobility aids, to get on and off the tram safely and easily.

Other benefits include:

  • quicker tram travel times through more evenly spaced stops and improved priority for trams at traffic lights
  • more efficient use of the road to improve traffic flow
  • improved safety, shelter, seating and information screens at tram stops.

Where we're up to

In early 2020, the remaining Route 96 tram stops along Nicholson Street will be upgraded.

  • Major works to construct stops 16 to 22 is scheduled from 1 to 19 January 2020.
  • Nicholson Street will be closed to traffic between Johnston Street, Fitzroy and Barkly Street, Brunswick East between 12am Thursday 2 January and 6am Sunday 19 January 2020.
  • Click here for more details about the works including road closures.

Nicholson Street - open for business

Shops on Nicholson Street are open during preliminary and major works - please continue to support your local traders while we get the work done.

You can view the Nicholson Village shops that will be open during works by clicking here to view an interactive map

Travel during the tram works

Buses will replace trams on Route 96 from 12am on Thursday 2 January to 2am Sunday 19 January

Temporary pedestrian crossing places during works

Please see the table below for temporary east/west Nicholson Street crossing points during works. Please note these crossing places are subject to change depending on works.

Johnston Street (Southern end)
OPEN
Barkly Street
OPEN
Brookes Crescent*
OPEN
Princes St/Alexandra Parade
OPEN
Brunswick Road/Holden Street
OPEN
Transdev bus depot/ 747 Nicholson StreetOPEN
Park Street (Capital City Trail)
OPEN

* The nearest crossing to Richardson and Reid Street is located further south nearer to Brookes Crescent.

Please note that this crossing is also subject to change depending on the work.

Do you have questions about the work?

To find out more or if you have an urgent need during the work call 1800 800 007 from 6am to midnight daily (all night Friday and Saturday). For urgent needs outside of these times call 0466 853 477.

Stay up to date

Register your details to receive project updates via email.


Route 96 is Melbourne's busiest tram route.

We're working towards making Route 96 Melbourne's first fully accessible tram route.

New raised stops along the route will enable everyone, including people who are vision impaired or using wheelchairs, prams and other mobility aids, to get on and off the tram safely and easily.

Other benefits include:

  • quicker tram travel times through more evenly spaced stops and improved priority for trams at traffic lights
  • more efficient use of the road to improve traffic flow
  • improved safety, shelter, seating and information screens at tram stops.

Where we're up to

In early 2020, the remaining Route 96 tram stops along Nicholson Street will be upgraded.

  • Major works to construct stops 16 to 22 is scheduled from 1 to 19 January 2020.
  • Nicholson Street will be closed to traffic between Johnston Street, Fitzroy and Barkly Street, Brunswick East between 12am Thursday 2 January and 6am Sunday 19 January 2020.
  • Click here for more details about the works including road closures.

Nicholson Street - open for business

Shops on Nicholson Street are open during preliminary and major works - please continue to support your local traders while we get the work done.

You can view the Nicholson Village shops that will be open during works by clicking here to view an interactive map

Travel during the tram works

Buses will replace trams on Route 96 from 12am on Thursday 2 January to 2am Sunday 19 January

Temporary pedestrian crossing places during works

Please see the table below for temporary east/west Nicholson Street crossing points during works. Please note these crossing places are subject to change depending on works.

Johnston Street (Southern end)
OPEN
Barkly Street
OPEN
Brookes Crescent*
OPEN
Princes St/Alexandra Parade
OPEN
Brunswick Road/Holden Street
OPEN
Transdev bus depot/ 747 Nicholson StreetOPEN
Park Street (Capital City Trail)
OPEN

* The nearest crossing to Richardson and Reid Street is located further south nearer to Brookes Crescent.

Please note that this crossing is also subject to change depending on the work.

Do you have questions about the work?

To find out more or if you have an urgent need during the work call 1800 800 007 from 6am to midnight daily (all night Friday and Saturday). For urgent needs outside of these times call 0466 853 477.

Stay up to date

Register your details to receive project updates via email.


  • CLOSED: Nominations have closed.

    Please use this form to nominate for membership of the Route 96 Trader Reference Group (TRG).

    Nominations close 7 July, with members to be invited to join the group shortly thereafter.

    Please use this form to nominate for membership of the Route 96 Trader Reference Group (TRG).

    Nominations close 7 July, with members to be invited to join the group shortly thereafter.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    In 2018, local residents, business owners and tram passengers provided feedback on the designs for the Route 96 Nicholson Street tram stop upgrades.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback on the Route 96 tram stop upgrades.


    In 2018, local residents, business owners and tram passengers provided feedback on the designs for the Route 96 Nicholson Street tram stop upgrades.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback on the Route 96 tram stop upgrades.


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