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Help Council Have Their Say on Tram Changes

Published 25 July 2013

Port Phillip City Council has released a draft submission to Public Transport Victoria’s (PTV) tram route 96 and part of 16 upgrade project and are seeking community feedback.

The project aims to upgrade the whole route in preparation for new low floor trams to go into service in the second half of 2014. The submission is in response to the concept design options released by PTV for public consultation, with the design options including:

- Potential closure of Acland Street to traffic.
- Accessible tram stop on Fitzroy Street between Grey and Princes streets (Route 16)

Council officers have met with the committees of both the St Kilda Village and Fitzroy Street traders associations and had discussions with representatives of St Kilda Park Primary School on the draft submission and are now broadening the input to the wider Port Phillip community.

Mayor Amanda Stevens says Council is keen to ensure that their submission reflects the concerns of the community of Port Phillip.

“The route 96 upgrade presents a great opportunity to improve the accessibility, frequency and reliability of public transport in Port Phillip, but we need to get it right in order to add to the liveability and vibrancy of our city. Acland and Fitzroy Streets are significant destinations for both residents and visitors to St Kilda.

“Council’s submission is intended to provide invaluable local knowledge and we are focused on getting the best outcome for the community. I encourage members of the community to get involved and have their say on our draft submission as well as to PTV directly.”

Council will incorporate community feedback and adopt a final submission at the council meeting of 27 August, to submit to PTV prior to the close of consultation on the project on 31 August.

Consultation on Council’s draft submission will run from 24 July until 11 August. To view and have your say on the Council’s draft submission visit http://haveyoursayatportphillip.net.au/tram-route-96 or to provide feedback to PTV directly visit http://ptv.vic.gov.au/projects/trams/route-96-project/

Media contact: Sian Whalley, Acting Media Adviser
T: 9209 6163, M: 0466 744 919, E: swhalley@portphillip.vic.gov.au