The Metro Tunnel Project has improved access to Parkville’s world-class health, research and education precinct with a new accessible tram stop on Royal Parade.
Crews worked around-the-clock for 9 days to build new raised tram platforms on both sides of the tram tracks, install underground services and new traffic signals and reinstate the tram line on Royal Parade and Elizabeth Street, near the corner of Grattan Street, while buses replaced Route 19 trams between the Queen Victoria Market and Brunswick Road.
The new stop, which opened on 30 November when tram services resumed, is on the doorstep of the future Parkville Station at Grattan Street.
The tram stop includes shelters and raised platforms to provide level-access boarding for low-floor trams. Passenger information displays will be installed in early 2024 and footpaths and crossings completed, improving accessibility.
Parkville Station will open with the Metro Tunnel in 2025, providing a direct train connection to the precinct for the first time and making travel easier for the thousands of healthcare workers, students, patients and families who visit every day.
The station will also include a pedestrian underpass beneath Royal Parade linking Parkville Station and the University of Melbourne to the hospitals, allowing people to cross the road without waiting for traffic.