Route 96 Project

Project Summary

Route 96 is a 14km-long tram route operated by Yarra Trams that runs between Blyth Street, Brunswick East and Acland Street, St Kilda.  This project was developed and delivered by a partnership between Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria, with key interfaces with VicRoads and the numerous local councils along the Route 96 tram route.

The key objectives of the $82m project include an upgrade of tram stops to provide improved passenger and road user safety, improved and more efficient tram operations, smarter road delineation and better traffic signalisation.

This project delivered Melbourne’s first fully DDA compliant route with DDA platforms at all stops along the alignment.  Improved passenger and road user safety has resulted in more efficient tram operations given the modernised signalling and improved tram-road vehicle interface.  The completion of the Route 96 has set the benchmark for the remaining tram routes across Melbourne.

Route 96 Project has been delivered over several stages between 2016 and 2020, and Touch Projects have provided a significant number project resources along this journey.  The resources have included project engineers, project managers, senior project managers and commercial managers.

We have led all aspects of the design, undertaken peer reviews, provided commentary on construction estimates, managed various procurement processes, and have developed numerous risk management strategies for the many occupations that have occurred during this project.

Strong stakeholder engagement and positive collaboration throughout this project have been pivotal in shaping the designs, obtaining timely approvals, and being able devise a construction and procurement methodology that results in minimal disruption to all affected parties.