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Docklands Drive Tram Extension Now In Service


The new tram extension into Melbourne's Docklands precinct has been launched by the Minister for Transport, Peter Batchelor.

Mr Batchelor said the project brings public transport services to the very doorstep of the thousands of people now living and working in Melbourne's new waterfront development.

The $7.5 million project extends tram route 30 (La Trobe Street-St Vincent's Plaza) and route 48 (North Balwyn to Docklands via Flinders Street) by almost one kilometre from La Trobe Street along Harbour Esplanade and down Docklands Drive.

''New Quay and the Docklands have quickly become a hotspot for business and leisure activities, and the Docklands Drive tram extension will provide better public transport access for both Melburnians and visitors to the city,'' Mr Batchelor said.

''The extension of the tram line also goes a long way towards delivering appropriate public transport solutions and meeting the needs of people living and working at Docklands.''

The project was jointly developed by the Victorian Government and Yarra Trams. Funding of $5 million was provided by the Victorian Government in addition to VicUrban's $2.5 million contribution.

Mr Batchelor said the new tramline would allow for dual operation, meaning all types of trams, including modern and W-class heritage trams, would be able to use the route.

''The new tramline includes four platform stops and features contrasting tactile tiles. Passengers will also benefit from a passenger information unit displaying real-time information,'' he said.

Mr Batchelor said the project had been delivered on time and on budget. Trams along Docklands Drive began taking passengers on Tuesday, 4 January 2005.

Yarra Trams Acting CEO Dennis Cliche said: ''After successfully managing the design and construction of the Docklands Drive tram extension, we're delighted that the new track is now in service.''

''On a typical weekday, there will be a tram as often as every six minutes on this brand new addition to Melbourneýs tram network,'' Mr Cliche said.

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