Port Junction works?

 
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
Hi everyone,

Yesterday when I was using the 109 down to North Port (and back), I couldn't help but notice an amount of fresh survey marks plastering the track around Port Junction. I don't know whether these marks were anything to do with overheads or tracks, but it makes me think that major upgrade works are in the pipeline - something to do with the Route 96 upgrade project?  From the brief look at the marks (which were on the track surface but also in the grass next to the track), it looks like three tracks are planned through the area. The survey marks are also noticeable on Clarendon St.

Interestingly I also spotted survey marks around the Spencer St/Flinders St intersection - are there any plans to install North to West curves so that trams coming off Clarendon St can access Docklands?

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  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
I'm not sure about Port Junction itself, but there are some major upgrades planned for the junction at Clarendon St and Whiteman St. There will be three tracks on Clarendon St so trams waiting to turn into the tram reserve off Clarendon St (96 and 109) are seperated from trams continuing straight down Clarendon St (12),imagine a similar layout to where the route 1 spurs off St Kilda Rd at Southbank Blvd.

I believe there are also plans for a siding between Clarendon St and Port Junction to allow the Restaurant Tram to load and unload passengers without holding up regular service trams.

Platform stops are also being added.

Again, I'm not sure though whether or not this is related to the markings you have seen.
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
I'm not sure about Port Junction itself, but there are some major upgrades planned for the junction at Clarendon St and Whiteman St. There will be three tracks on Clarendon St so trams waiting to turn into the tram reserve off Clarendon St (96 and 109) are seperated from trams continuing straight down Clarendon St (12),imagine a similar layout to where the route 1 spurs off St Kilda Rd at Southbank Blvd.

I believe there are also plans for a siding between Clarendon St and Port Junction to allow the Restaurant Tram to load and unload passengers without holding up regular service trams.

Platform stops are also being added.

Again, I'm not sure though whether or not this is related to the markings you have seen.
Gman_86

I've seen those plans, and the markings I've seen are possibly just for the overheads at the moment - when that work commences is anyone's guess. The survey marks were very fresh. The siding for the Restaurant Trams is a good idea. There is nothing about these upcoming works on the Yarra Trams website so maybe the works are planned for early next year.
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
A works notice has been posted on the Yarra Trams website for the Spencer St/Flinders St intersection (and surrounding area) for 2 - 11 January.  The main focus of these works will be the building of a new platform stop just south of the railway viaducts which will consolidate other Spencer St stops into the one area - I believe the stop will be an island stop.  The works will obviously affect a large number of routes that pass through that intersection.

There is no works notice for the Clarendon St/Whiteman St area as yet - 109a & 96a will be using Port Junction to turn around during the above mentioned works.

Works notice: http://www.yarratrams.com.au/using-trams/service-changes/service-changes/2014/tram-improvement-work-flinders-street-spencer-street-friday-2-to-sunday-11-january-2015/
  Some rail man Junior Train Controller

Location: CIA Headquarters in Washington D.C
E.6010 had door hanger style leaflets on it's handles today regarding the works
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
Works have finally been scheduled between Saturday 4th of April - Sunday 12th of April for this location.

This is going to be another intense construction activity project by Yarra Trams with a full intersection shutdown for this location, and three tram routes disrupted.  However as it's school holidays and Easter it should be slightly quieter.

To be constructed will be a 3 track configuration in Clarendon St so Route 12 is not delayed by Routes 96 & 109 (and vice versa), a centre island platform stop for Port Junction, and a separate track and platform stop for the Restaurant Trams.  The artists impression in the Yarra Trams works notice isn't brilliant, but you would get the idea.  Preparation works have already started.

http://www.yarratrams.com.au/using-trams/service-changes/service-changes/2015/route-12,-96,-109-tram-upgrade-work-saturday-4-to-sunday-12-april/
  route14 Chief Commissioner

It seems that with the new configuration the finishing restaurant trams will be able to set down patrons on the up line with the island platform on the right instead of having to shunt to the down line to set down, then shunt again to car in.  When facing Southbank Depot at Port Junction only the right door can be opened.  The other door is blocked by a microwave oven.
  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
According to the Yarra Trams website, these works have been postponed for the time being, no reason provided. I passed through the area yesterday and apart from the Restaurant Tram shelter removal, no other preparatory works are taking place.

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