New Melbourne trams 'ready by end of 2012'
Proximity to public transport links is always a key consideration when it comes to choosing a ...
Proximity to public transport links is always a key consideration when it comes to choosing a residential property to buy or rent, so news that 50 low-floor trams could be on Melbourne's streets by the end of the year is likely to be met with a warm welcome.
More than $800 million is currently being invested in tram network improvements, according to transport minister Terry Mulder.
He said: ""Melbourne's tram network is the world's largest, with about 182 million passenger trips now made on our trams each year. We are committed to upgrading both the network and trams to improve accessibility."
As part of this commitment, each of the 50 new air-conditioned trams - which are currently under construction in Dandenong - will be low-floor models that are capable of carrying more than 200 passengers.
Tram network improvements are also planned, including additional platform stops, as well as better maintenance facilities.
Some $24 million will be spent on upgrades to the Southbank Depot, which will provide infrastructure and maintenance support for the new vehicles.
Melbourne's tram network has been in operation since the late 19th century and Yarra Trams has been running the system since April 2004.