What is the Nicholson Street Route 96 upgrade?

Six tram stops are planned to be upgraded to level access stops in September this year. Upgrading these tram stops on Nicholson Street will make them fully accessible to passengers using wheelchairs, prams and other mobility aids. Upgrades will also include passenger information, shelter, seating and lighting. 

Why was Route 96 chosen for the upgrade?

Route 96 is Melbourne's busiest tram route and as a result was chosen as the first route in Melbourne to be fully serviced by low-floor E-Class trams. Paired with the trams, the raised or platform style of tram stops provide easy, safe access for all passengers. 

What are the details of the new stops? Will they be central island stops?

The new accessible centre island platform stops will be near the corner of Gertrude and Nicholson streets, King William and Nicholson streets, and Johnston and Nicholson streets.

The new accessible easy access stops will be near the corner of Miller and Nicholson streets, Glenlyon Road and Nicholson streets and Kirkdale and Nicholson streets. 


Will the new stops be in the same location as the existing stops?

Some tram stops will be relocated or removed to make sure stops are spaced more evenly and can improve passenger access and tram journey times.  Ideally tram stops are spaced approximately 400 metres apart but the average current distance on Nicholson street is less than 300 metres between stops.   


Will there be a reduction in parking or changed traffic conditions once the stops are built?

Yes. Accessible platform and easy access tram stops are wider than old style tram stops which means they will use more of the roadway.  Parking arrangements on Nicholson Street will change in different ways around each of these six tram stops.  PTV, VicRoads and local councils are working together to keep cars and trams moving alongside the upgraded tram stops. 


Why do level access platform stops need to be built?

The Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 set out the minimum accessibility requirements that providers and operators of public transport must comply with to ensure that access to transport is consistently improved.

Since October 2002, all new public transport conveyances, premises and infrastructure must comply with the transport standards. Existing facilities need to comply by 2032.


What will change at Stop 11 and 12?

Stop 11 and Stop 12 will be merged into one upgraded centre island platform at the corner of Gertrude Street, providing an important connection to the Melbourne Museum and Exhibition precinct and St Vincent’s Hospital. It will be 66 metres long, designed to allow two trams to stop at the same time. A new pedestrian crossing will be created at the southern end of the tram stop to provide safe pedestrian access to the Princes Street entrance of the hospital.

What will change at Stop 13 and 14?

Stop 13 and 14 will be removed from their existing locations at Hanover Street and Bell Street and be replaced with a new centre island platform tram stop near the corner of King William Street. Parking spaces around the new tram stop will be removed. However, new parking spaces will be created within 150 metres of either south and north of the new tram stop due to the existing Stop 13 and 14 being removed.

What will change at Stop 15?

The outbound and inbound tram stops at the Nicholson Street and Johnston Street intersection will remain in the same location on either side of the intersection. However, they will both be turned into single-side accessible platforms. Traffic conditions around Stop 15 will not change – three lanes of traffic will be maintained in both directions. 

What will change at Stop 23?

Stop 23 will turn into an easy access stop. This will result in the removal of parking spaces around the vicinity of the tram stop, including in front of Our Lady Help of Christians School. To address the community’s concern about the loss of parking for parents to drop off and pick up their children, existing parking signage on Miller Street (east of Nicholson Street) will be changed to short-term drop off and pick up parking in the morning and afternoon. This will help parents to continue to drop off and pick up their children. 

What will change at Stop 24?

Stop 24 will turn into an easy access stop. This will result in the removal of parking spaces near the tram stop to maintain traffic flow and reduce congestion. While the easy access tram stop will limit access to driveways adjacent to the stop, PTV has worked with VicRoads and the city councils to identify an option that affects the least number of residents and businesses possible. Residents, business owners or visitors can turn left in and out of these properties, but will no longer be able to turn right into or out of these properties. 

What will change at Stop 25 and 26?

Stop 25 and Stop 26 will be merged into one easy access stop near the corner of Albert Street. This will result in the removal of parking spaces near the tram stop to maintain traffic flow and reduce congestion. Access to properties on Nicholson Street adjacent to the new tram stop will be changed.  Residents, business owners or visitors can turn left in and out of these properties, but will no longer be able to turn right into or out of these properties.