Public Transport Victoria (PTV) have announced a proposal to merge Tram Route 8 Toorak –Moreland with Route 55 Domain-West Coburg.
This proposed change would mean current Route 8 users would need to change trams at Domain to travel to Flinders Street station.
There is no information about the service frequency for the proposed route.
I am strongly opposed to this proposal as it currently stands.
Route 8 is already one of Melbourne’s most overcrowded and unreliable services with the latest figures showing it at 116% capacity and only 60% of services running on time.
The state government has failed to adequately invest in manufacturing new bigger trams that would alleviate congestion and other practical changes to improve reliability such the Park St tram extension.
They have also ruled out an interchange between South Yarra station and Melbourne Metro which will force more commuters onto an already overcrowded Route 8 in order to access Melbourne Metro at Domain.
The timing of these proposed changes is poor as we are already facing years of services being diverted from Swanston Street due to the Melbourne Metro project.
Many residents have shared their concerns about the proposed changes with me.
PTV are currently seeking feedback regarding this proposal. I strongly urge you to share your concerns on these proposed changes with PTV.
Please feel free to contact my office on 03 9981 9501 regarding this matter.