Acland Street Upgrade

Works to revitalise the Acland Street streetscape and upgrade the tram terminus have been delivered through a partnership between Public Transport Victoria (PTV), the City of Port Phillip and Yarra Trams.

The integrated place-based urban design has created space for all to enjoy local art, culture, performances and pop-up events, while improving the safety, comfort, capacity, reliability and accessibility of Route 96, one of Melbourne’s busiest tram routes.

The tram terminus was redeveloped as part of the Route 96 Upgrade project and provided Council with the opportunity to revitalise the streetscape of Acland Street, which had not been refreshed since the 1990s. The design for Acland Street seamlessly integrates a pedestrian friendly streetscape with a new level-access Route 96 tram terminus and aligns with the principles of the Acland Street Streetscape Framework Plan and community feedback from the 2015 consultation process. Its unique tram shelters and circle paving pattern will ensure the street remains a distinctive place, and reflects what people said was important about St Kilda.

Construction of the Acland Street Upgrade took approximately three months and could not have been delivered without your patience and understanding. We encourage you to come down and enjoy the revitalised Acland Street and new public plaza.

We will no longer be sending weekly emails, but will remain available to answer questions via phone or email.

Works to revitalise the Acland Street streetscape and upgrade the tram terminus have been delivered through a partnership between Public Transport Victoria (PTV), the City of Port Phillip and Yarra Trams.

The integrated place-based urban design has created space for all to enjoy local art, culture, performances and pop-up events, while improving the safety, comfort, capacity, reliability and accessibility of Route 96, one of Melbourne’s busiest tram routes.

The tram terminus was redeveloped as part of the Route 96 Upgrade project and provided Council with the opportunity to revitalise the streetscape of Acland Street, which had not been refreshed since the 1990s. The design for Acland Street seamlessly integrates a pedestrian friendly streetscape with a new level-access Route 96 tram terminus and aligns with the principles of the Acland Street Streetscape Framework Plan and community feedback from the 2015 consultation process. Its unique tram shelters and circle paving pattern will ensure the street remains a distinctive place, and reflects what people said was important about St Kilda.

Construction of the Acland Street Upgrade took approximately three months and could not have been delivered without your patience and understanding. We encourage you to come down and enjoy the revitalised Acland Street and new public plaza.

We will no longer be sending weekly emails, but will remain available to answer questions via phone or email.

  • Acland Street Upgrade - finishing touches

    24 days ago
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    Works to revitalise the Acland Street streetscape and upgrade the tram terminus have been delivered through a partnership between Public Transport Victoria (PTV), the City of Port Phillip and Yarra Trams.

    Project fast facts:

    • 350 construction crew members worked for over 22,100 hours on site.
    • Approximately 5,000 bluestone pavers were quarried from the Mount Rouse lava flow near Port Fairy.
    • Each half-metre diameter semicircle bluestone paver weighs up to 75kg.
    • Over 13,600 bespoke modular pavers were fabricated in Ferntree Gully.
    • 1,104m of tram tracks were installed with ‘rubber boots’ to minimise operational noise from trams.
    • ... Continue reading

    Works to revitalise the Acland Street streetscape and upgrade the tram terminus have been delivered through a partnership between Public Transport Victoria (PTV), the City of Port Phillip and Yarra Trams.

    Project fast facts:

    • 350 construction crew members worked for over 22,100 hours on site.
    • Approximately 5,000 bluestone pavers were quarried from the Mount Rouse lava flow near Port Fairy.
    • Each half-metre diameter semicircle bluestone paver weighs up to 75kg.
    • Over 13,600 bespoke modular pavers were fabricated in Ferntree Gully.
    • 1,104m of tram tracks were installed with ‘rubber boots’ to minimise operational noise from trams.
    • Specially designed shelters were made in Geelong.

    The integrated place-based urban design has created space for all to enjoy local art, culture, performances and pop-up events, while improving the safety, comfort, capacity, reliability and accessibility of Route 96, one of Melbourne’s busiest tram routes.

    Further information can be found in Works Update 8 – Ready For Summer.

    Changes to Parking

    Parking fees in the Shakespeare Grove car park were temporarily suspended as part of Council’s commitment to supporting local businesses through construction. This car park will revert to paid parking after the Acland Street Spring Fling on 12 November 2016.

    The Belford Street car park site compound will be demobilised in November.

    Visit the Council website for more information on parking in your area:

    http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/parking-neighbourhood.htm/parking.htm

    For the Acland Street Spring Fling event, the northern part of the Shakespeare Grove car park, adjacent to O’Donnell Gardens, will be closed. All cars in the northern end of the car park must be removed by 4 am.

    Vibrant Acland Seed Grants

    The Vibrant Acland Seed Grants program is now open for applications. Council is looking to fund a range of events, festivals, installations, pop-ups, public classes, recreational and creative activities that demonstrate the broad possibilities of the site, test new ideas and can show an ability to be self-sufficient in the future. For more information visit the Vibrant Acland Seed Grants website.

    Celebrate

    Join us for the Acland Street Spring Fling on 12 November. It will be an all day celebration of Acland Street featuring live music, children’s activities and family fun, roving entertainment, dance, readings and an open air ball. All your favourite Acland Street shops, cafes, restaurants and bars look forward to seeing you there.


  • Works Update - Friday 28 October

    about 1 month ago
    Fences_being_removed_from_plaza

    Construction

    Construction of the Acland Street Upgrade is wrapping up, and work crews have started to pack down the site.

    Fencing has been removed in time for the long weekend; however, some areas will remain cordoned off with bollards and safety tape while finishing touches are made to the street.

    Final construction activities include:

    • installation of handrails and safety fences
    • landscaping
    • installation of bins and bike hoops
    • final touches to the tram platforms
    • final paving details.

    Final elements

    Finishing touches to the site include final paving cut-ins, painting pillar boxes, cleaning and signage installation. The project team is also investigating... Continue reading

    Construction

    Construction of the Acland Street Upgrade is wrapping up, and work crews have started to pack down the site.

    Fencing has been removed in time for the long weekend; however, some areas will remain cordoned off with bollards and safety tape while finishing touches are made to the street.

    Final construction activities include:

    • installation of handrails and safety fences
    • landscaping
    • installation of bins and bike hoops
    • final touches to the tram platforms
    • final paving details.

    Final elements

    Finishing touches to the site include final paving cut-ins, painting pillar boxes, cleaning and signage installation. The project team is also investigating sealing the new pavement.

    Feature tree

    Last week our feature tree was planted. It is an Angophora costata, commonly named smooth-barked apple, or rose gum. This is a native Australian coastal tree with ornamental characteristics. Like Acland Street, the rose gum changes with the seasons. Notably, it has white, sweet smelling flowers in summer. In spring the bark sheds and young leaves with red tips grow. The bark changes colour through the year from pink to white.

    Our rose gum is approximately 3.5 metres high and is a fast growing tree, able to reach up to 25 metres in height, and live up to 150 years. Council was prepared to procure a larger tree as this is an important focal point for the project; however, local suppliers were not able to source a larger tree suitable to our local conditions.

    Celebrate

    Join us for the Acland Street Spring Fling on 12 November. It will be an all day celebration of Acland Street featuring live music, children’s activities and family fun, roving entertainment, dance, readings and an open air ball. All your favourite Acland Street shops, cafes, restaurants and bars look forward to seeing you there.


  • Works Update - Week Commencing Sunday 23 October

    about 1 month ago
    Shelters_and_platform

    Construction
    The Acland Street Upgrade project is nearing completion and work crews are on track to start packing down the site for the end of October.

    Works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period.

    Works scheduled for this coming week include:

    • installation of new street furniture (all areas)
    • installation of shelters in the plaza (areas 3 and 6)
    • landscaping and feature tree planting (areas 3 and 6)
    • removal of redundant power poles between Albert Street and Barkly Street (night works,... Continue reading

    Construction
    The Acland Street Upgrade project is nearing completion and work crews are on track to start packing down the site for the end of October.

    Works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period.

    Works scheduled for this coming week include:

    • installation of new street furniture (all areas)
    • installation of shelters in the plaza (areas 3 and 6)
    • landscaping and feature tree planting (areas 3 and 6)
    • removal of redundant power poles between Albert Street and Barkly Street (night works, Sunday to Wednesday)
    • final paving works, site tidy and quality check (all areas)
    • removal of all work zone fencing (areas 3 and 6).
    All platform shelters are now in place. Final works, including finishing touches to street furniture, installation of plaza shelters and planting of the plaza’s feature tree,are scheduled to occur in the coming week.

    Paving will be completed in stages within each zone to minimise impacts to traders and maintain safe pedestrian access.

    View full map in Works Update 7


    For construction enquiries please contact PTV at 1800 800 007 or ptvprojects@ptv.vic.gov.au

  • Night works commencing 19 October 2016

    about 1 month ago

    Night works at the intersection of Acland Street/Carlisle Street/The Esplanade will begin this evening. These works have been timed to coincide with the Acland Street Upgrade construction phase to minimise future impact on the community. The works include installation of telecommunication conduits across the intersection and resheeting of the road asphalt.

    The night works are planned for the following evenings:

    • Wednesday 19 October 9pm – Thursday 20 October 6am
    • Thursday 20 October 9pm – Friday 21 October 6am
    • Sunday 23 October 8pm – Monday 24 October 6am.

    During the works, changed traffic conditions will be in place at the intersection... Continue reading

    Night works at the intersection of Acland Street/Carlisle Street/The Esplanade will begin this evening. These works have been timed to coincide with the Acland Street Upgrade construction phase to minimise future impact on the community. The works include installation of telecommunication conduits across the intersection and resheeting of the road asphalt.

    The night works are planned for the following evenings:

    • Wednesday 19 October 9pm – Thursday 20 October 6am
    • Thursday 20 October 9pm – Friday 21 October 6am
    • Sunday 23 October 8pm – Monday 24 October 6am.

    During the works, changed traffic conditions will be in place at the intersection of Acland Street/Carlisle Street/The Esplanade, with sections of the road temporarily closed. For your safety, please follow the signage and instructions of workers on site. We thank you for your patience during these works.

    For further construction enquiries please contact PTV at 1800 800 007 or ptvprojects@ptv.vic.gov.au

    For Acland Street Upgrade information please call 9209 6777 or email aclandstreet@portphillip.vic.gov.au.

  • Works Update - Week Commencing Monday 17 October

    about 1 month ago
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    Construction
    Works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period, available on the project website.

    The first set of shelters have been installed and the remaining shelters will be installed this coming week.

    Works scheduled for this coming week include:

    ·installation of new pavers to plaza and footpath areas (all areas)

    ·installation of new street furniture (areas 1 and 2)

    ·installation of new shelters on platforms and plaza area (night works, Monday to Thursday, area 1, 2, 3... Continue reading

    Construction
    Works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period, available on the project website.

    The first set of shelters have been installed and the remaining shelters will be installed this coming week.

    Works scheduled for this coming week include:

    · installation of new pavers to plaza and footpath areas (all areas)

    · installation of new street furniture (areas 1 and 2)

    · installation of new shelters on platforms and plaza area (night works, Monday to Thursday, area 1, 2, 3 & 6)

    · removal of redundant power poles between Albert Street to Barkly Street (night works, Monday to Thursday)

    Paving will be completed in stages within each zone to minimise impacts to traders and maintain safe pedestrian access.

    View full map in Works Update 7











  • Works Update - Week Commencing Monday 10 October

    about 1 month ago
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    Construction
    Works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period, available on the project website.

    Paving works are progressing well and are nearing completion. The new pillar boxes have been installed.

    The first set of shelters will be installed on each platform this week, starting Sunday night. The second set of shelters will be installed on the platforms next week.

    Works scheduled for this week include:

    ·installation of new pavers to plaza and footpath areas (all areas)

    ·completion of... Continue reading

    Construction
    Works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period, available on the project website.

    Paving works are progressing well and are nearing completion. The new pillar boxes have been installed.

    The first set of shelters will be installed on each platform this week, starting Sunday night. The second set of shelters will be installed on the platforms next week.

    Works scheduled for this week include:

    · installation of new pavers to plaza and footpath areas (all areas)

    · completion of concrete works for the Barkly Street tree planter (area 3)

    · installation of new street furniture (areas 1, 2, 3 and 6)

    · installation of new shelters on platforms (night works, Monday to Thursday, area 1 and 2)

    Paving will be completed in stages within each zone to minimise impacts to traders and maintain safe pedestrian access.


    View full map in Works Update 7.



    For construction enquiries please contact PTV at 1800 800 007 or ptvprojects@ptv.vic.gov.au


  • Works Update - Week Commencing Monday 3 October

    2 months ago
    Weekly_update_map
    Construction
    Works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period.

    The final concrete works along the footpath and in the plaza area have been completed. From Monday, paving crews will commence in the plaza. Paving along the footpath has progressed and the footpaths on the southern side are nearing completion. Telstra works have now been completed.

    Works scheduled for this week include:

    ·installation of new pavers to plaza and footpath areas (all areas)

    ·installation of new street furniture (areas... Continue reading

    Construction
    Works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period.

    The final concrete works along the footpath and in the plaza area have been completed. From Monday, paving crews will commence in the plaza. Paving along the footpath has progressed and the footpaths on the southern side are nearing completion. Telstra works have now been completed.

    Works scheduled for this week include:

    · installation of new pavers to plaza and footpath areas (all areas)

    · installation of new street furniture (areas 1, 2, 3 and 6)

    · preparation of the base and soil for the planting of our feature tree (an Angophora costata), (area 3)

    · works by United Energy to install new pillar boxes and power cut-over, (night works Tuesday and Wednesday, areas 1 and 2)

    Please note that some night works are also anticipated within the next two weeks, commencing 10 October for the installation of street furniture and removal of old lights and power poles following the energising of the new street lights.

    Paving will be completed in stages within each zone to minimise impacts to traders and maintain safe pedestrian access.


    View full map in Works Update 7







  • Works Update - Week Commencing Monday 26 September

    2 months ago
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    Construction

    Tram track replacement works are complete and tram services resumed from both platforms on Monday12 September.
    Following the completion of South East Water works, the sequence of streetscape works was updated; and works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period.

    Works will not be occurring over the Grand Final weekend (30 September to 2 October 2016).

    Works are continuing in the plaza, with the new concrete base being prepared for paving to begin in week 10. Paving along the... Continue reading

    Construction

    Tram track replacement works are complete and tram services resumed from both platforms on Monday12 September.
    Following the completion of South East Water works, the sequence of streetscape works was updated; and works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period.

    Works will not be occurring over the Grand Final weekend (30 September to 2 October 2016).

    Works are continuing in the plaza, with the new concrete base being prepared for paving to begin in week 10. Paving along the footpath has progressed and the footpaths at the Belford Street end are nearing completion.

    Works scheduled for next week include:

    · installation of new pavers to concrete slab and footpath areas (areas1, 2, 4, 5 and 7)

    · preparation of the plaza area for concrete slab to be poured and prepared for paving (areas 3 and 6)

    · United Energy works to install new pillar boxes, (night works Monday, areas 1, and3)

    · Telstra works are due for completion Tuesday 27th September.

    Paving will be completed in stages within each zone to minimise impacts to traders and maintain safe pedestrian access.


    View full map in Works Update 7


  • Works Update - Week Commencing Sunday 18 September

    3 months ago
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    Construction

    Tram track replacement works are complete and tram services resumed from both platforms on Monday 12 September.

    Following the completion of South East Water works, the sequence of streetscape works was updated.

    The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period.

    Works scheduled for next week include:

    • installation of new pavers to concrete slab and footpath areas (areas 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7)
    • further preparatory works will continue in the new plaza including the concrete pour (area 3 and 6)
    • Telstra will be on site to... Continue reading

    Construction

    Tram track replacement works are complete and tram services resumed from both platforms on Monday 12 September.

    Following the completion of South East Water works, the sequence of streetscape works was updated.

    The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period.

    Works scheduled for next week include:

    • installation of new pavers to concrete slab and footpath areas (areas 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7)
    • further preparatory works will continue in the new plaza including the concrete pour (area 3 and 6)
    • Telstra will be on site to adjust the height of telecommunication pits, including some night works (Monday to Wednesday, all areas)

    View full map in Works Update 7

    Paving will be completed in stages within each zone to minimise impacts to traders and maintain safe pedestrian access.


    Tram Services

    Route 96 tram services are now operating. Both platforms of the new Acland Street terminus are now operational.


    Local council election period

    Victorian local council elections will be held on Saturday 22 October 2016.

    From the close of candidate nominations at 12 noon on Tuesday 20 September until the close of voting at 6 pm on Saturday 22 October, Council will enter into the ‘election period’, also known as the ‘caretaker period’.

    During the caretaker period the project team will continue to provide these weekly email updates detailing works expected for the coming week.

    To ensure compliance with the Local Government Act 1989, we will no longer be holding fortnightly

    drop-in sessions, releasing further Works Updates, and we will also be restricted in our

    website updates during this period.

    We will continue to be available to answer questions via phone or email.

    We appreciate your understanding, and apologise for any inconvenience.


    Support the local businesses during this time of transition. Most shops are open for business.


  • Works Update - Week Commencing Sunday 11 September

    3 months ago
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    Construction

    South East Water works to realign the two water mains on Acland Street are now complete.Removal of the previous checkerboard footpath paving has been complete. Both platforms will be operational from Monday 12 September.

    The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 6 – Water main works and revised schedule, available on the project website.

    Works scheduled for next week include:

    ·install new pavers on southern footpath (areas 5 and 7)

    ·footpath paving works continuing on the northern side of Acland Street (area 4),

    ·further preparatory works will continue in the new... Continue reading

    Construction

    South East Water works to realign the two water mains on Acland Street are now complete.Removal of the previous checkerboard footpath paving has been complete. Both platforms will be operational from Monday 12 September.

    The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 6 – Water main works and revised schedule, available on the project website.

    Works scheduled for next week include:

    · install new pavers on southern footpath (areas 5 and 7)

    · footpath paving works continuing on the northern side of Acland Street (area 4),

    · further preparatory works will continue in the new plaza (area 3 and 6),

    · Telstra will be on site to adjust the height of telecommunication pits, including some night works (Monday to Wednesday, all areas).

    View full map in Works Update 6

    Paving will be completed in stages within each zone to minimise impacts to traders and maintain safe pedestrian access.



    Tram Services

    Route 96 tram services are now operating. Paving on the northern platform is almost complete and both platforms of the new Acland Street terminus will be operational from Monday 12 September.

    Parking

    The City of Port Phillip is reviewing on-street parking restrictions in St Kilda. In July an initial consultation was conducted with all properties in St Kilda. Council has now reviewed all feedback received. In streets where changes to parking restrictions are proposed, a further letter has been sent to affected properties. More information can be found on Council’s website http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/parking.htm.

    Support the local businesses during this time of transition. Most shops are open for business.

    For construction enquiries please contact PTV at 1800 800 007 or ptvprojects@ptv.vic.gov.au

    For Acland Street Upgrade information please call 9209 677 or email aclandstreetupgrade@portphillip.vic.gov.au