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Constituency Questions: Tram Stop 23

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): My constituency question is to the Minister for Public Transport, and I ask: will the minister upgrade tram stop 23 on St Kilda Road at the Arthur Street intersection? This tram stop remains one of the last tram stops on St Kilda Road not to be upgraded to a level-access tram stop. This is a busy tram stop that experiences overcrowding during the morning peak, where trams pass just centimetres away from passengers waiting at the stop. This stop is simply not up to scratch for one of the world’s busiest—or the world’s busiest—tram corridor and is a significant safety issue. Local residents have had me down to show me what they experience every day, and hundreds of residents in surrounding apartment buildings have already signed a petition calling for the stop to be upgraded. So I urge the minister to listen to local residents, to heed their advice and to upgrade stop 23 on St Kilda Road at Arthur Street.