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MetroRail Update

By Melbourne Metro rail, Public Transport No Comments

MetroRail hold regular community consultation meetings with stakeholders including the companies that comprise the Cross Yarra Partnership, to discuss issues raised by the construction of the Domain (now Anzac) underground station. The MSYRG are always represented at these meetings and here is the report of the latest one, held on January 24, 2018. Also included are plans for the temporary road and tramline realignment and indicative truck routes.

Robinson Letter

Number 8 Tram

By Public Transport

Representatives of the Group in particular the President, Michael Butcher, have had meetings with Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria over the last 12 months. We have been assured on a number of occasions that no decision will be made to change the No. 8 tram without discussion with the MSYRG. We have continued to write to to YT and PTV confirming this assurance. We will keep this website updated with information as it comes to hand.


By Meetings, Public Transport, State Government, Traffic


Date: Monday 1 FEBRUARY
Time: 6.00 PM

The attached letter from David Davis MP provides details of this meeting to which all residents and interested persons are invited.

This is not a political meeting but one organised by the PUNT ROAD ACTION GROUP/DROP PUNT which is opposed to the proposed widening of Punt Road.

The Melbourne South Yarra Residents Group Inc. also opposes the widening.

To learn more,  add your views or support the action group you should attend this meeting.


2016 Davis MP_PuntRd

Melbourne Metro

By Public Transport

Update – 21/3/2016

The most recent information we have is that the Domain Station will be located near the intersection of Domain Road and St Kilda Road – and not in Fawkner Park. This means effectively under the existing Domain Interchange for trams. It is not clear whether all the tunnelling towards the city and the proposed new South Yarra station can be done directly from the site of the Domain Station or whether there may be some disruption of Fawkner Park for the purposes of tunnelling or storage of spoil from the excavation.

The preference of the CoM and MMR is to perform the works from the Domain Station site, but contractor requirements may make this not feasable. We expect more information in May 2016.



Although the plans are not final it appears that the issues for us will include the following.

1.Whether the Domain station remains at the intersection of Domain Road and St Kilda Road rather than Fawkner Park that had been mooted previously.

2.Whether the tunnelling entry and storage point will be in Fawkner Park or north of the Domain Interchange.

3.The disruption of Domain Road and Toorak Road and elsewhere.

4. The decision to not build an interchange stop at South Yarra Station and its impact on local infrastructure and the Tram Network (This ties in with the Tram No. 8 Issue)

5. Whether the Metro Tunnel will impact or prevent a future road tunnel under Punt Road


Link to the Metro Tunnel web site Click here


Letter from Melbourne Metro Rail Authority

Dear South Yarra Resident

Please find below details of our upcoming information sessions and yoursay portal.

Information Sessions

Members of Melbourne South Yarra Residents Group are invited to drop in anytime during these sessions to meet the project team, view tunnel and station locations and provide feedback on project plans.

Tuesday 10 November: Seasons Botanic Gardens, 348 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 5:30 – 7:30PM
Saturday 14 November: Melbourne Town Hall, 90-120 Swanston St, Melbourne, 11AM – 1PM
Wednesday 18 November: Punthill South Yarra Grand, 7 Yarra St South Yarra, 6 – 8PM
Friday 20 November: Melbourne Town Hall, 90-120 Swanston St, Melbourne, 12 – 2PM

Have your say on the Melbourne Metro Rail Project

You are also invited to provide feedback on the project, which will be used to help us prepare our official planning documents. These documents will go on public display next year. It will also help us as we continue to develop the design for Melbourne Metro.

You can visit http://yoursay.mmrailproject.vic.gov.au/melbourne-metro-rail-project to participate in online forums and complete a short survey about how you use the proposed project areas.

I will arrange to have some information packs posted to you ahead of your AGM.


Dave Kristy
Communications and Stakeholder Relations
Melbourne Metro Rail Authority

MM BROCHURE 20151008 Eastern Portal Precinct Brochure 4pp PROOF

The Number 8 tram has served us well for 89 years.

By Public Transport

Public Transport Victoria and Yarra Trams are conducting public consultation about the proposed tram route changes. The proposed changes include the cessation of the Number 8 tram that has served South Yarra residents well since the electrification of the line in 1926 by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board (MMTB).

The MSYRG has written to the Minister for Transport and the CEO of Yarra Trams to seek further information on the reason for the proposed changes including the data they are using to justify the proposed change. That data has not been provided to date despite months of waiting.

Letter to Transport Minister 14.04.15 Letter to Yarra Trams 14.04.15

Whilst the MSYRG continues to pursue this matter it is vitally important that South Yarra residents express their view on the proposed change by completing the online survey on the Public Transport Victoria website.

The web address to complete the survey is:  www.ptv.vic.gov.au

Click here

On the PTV website there is a window with sequencing content that eventually advertises the fact that you can, “Help plan your future tram services”. When you click on this you are directed to an online survey where you can provide input. It provides diagrams and justifications for the proposed changes. It justification largely rests on the supposed burgeoning demand for access to the western end of the CBD. Really?

PTV makes much of the increased frequency of trams to take passengers up St. Kilda road once they have been forced to wait at the Domain Interchange to head up to their usual destinations in St Kilda road or Swanston Street. There is little or no mention of the outbound trip from the CBD because the uncertainty of waiting for a proposed number 58 (far less frequent than St Kilda Rd trams) to collect them from the Domain Interchange and travel along Domain Road and into South Yarra and beyond is too unpalatable to mention.

This is a commercially driven proposal that has little regard for true amenity and passenger satisfaction with unvalidated supporting data dressed up as an improvement for all.

We say to PTV and Yarra Trams – leave the number 8 tram alone. It has served us well since 1926 with the central requirements to provide a single tram to transport users to the arts and entertainment area thence the centre of the city along Melbourne’s pre-eminent boulevard.



Domain Rd, Park Street and Toorak Rd tram track renewal and Maintenance – Saturday 28 March to Tuesday 31 March 2015

By Public Transport, Traffic

Dear Resident

Yarra Trams will be performing essential tram track maintenance work in your residential area on Saturday 28 March continuing until Tuesday 31 March 2015. This occupation will occur on Toorak Road, Park Street and Domain Rd.

Please see attached a letter that was delivered to residents and Traders in South Yarra on 12 March 2015 and a traffic detour map showing the work zone.

Please note the following important points regarding these essential tram track works:

  • The nature of the works will require a full road closure of Toorak Road between Punt Road and Park Street, the full closure of Park Street from Toorak to Domain Road and the  closure of Domain Road from Park Street to Millswyn Street from 00:01am Saturday the 28th of March until 4am Monday 30th of March 2015.
  • Toorak Road will reopen to motorists at 4am Monday 30 March.
  • The intersection of Domain Rd and Park Street will remain closed until 4am Tuesday 31 March due to ongoing Tram overhead wire work.
  • Route 8 Tram Services changes will be in affect from 00:01am on Saturday 28 March and continue until 4am Tuesday 31 March.

If you need any further information, please let me know.

Kind regards,

Tim Pilgrim 

Advisor, Communications


Toorak Road track renewal maintenance – March 2015 – 1st letter to residents traders Final