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Constituency question: Tram Route 58

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) : My constituency question is for the Minister for Public Transport, and the question I ask is: when will the high-capacity E-class trams be put into regular service along tram route 58, which travels through the Prahran electorate and through South Yarra? It was a welcome announcement that the new trams would begin testing on route 58, and certainly getting new high-capacity trams to run along tram routes throughout the Prahran electorate is something that I have been advocating for for a long time, particularly on route 58, which is one of Melbourne’s busiest routes that experiences frequent overcrowding, and it is only going to get busier with ongoing development next to South Yarra station and the new Domain station. I would also urge the government, with the rollout of high-capacity trams, to accelerate new level-access stops to ensure access to the new trams and to increase the manufacture of new trams to 20 per year, as per their own rolling stock strategy. So I ask the minister: when will the trams actually come into full service?