As part of a program to upgrade the electrical power supply for Melbourne’s tram network, Public Transport Victoria and Yarra Trams are building a new tram power substation in Pascoe Vale South.
Our modelling shows that additional electrical power supply is needed in this part of the tram network. This will help us to run newer trams and keep services running smoothly for the 3000 people who catch Route 58 in the area every weekday.
To ensure the power supply works as efficiently as possible and can be easily connected to the network, the substation needs to be located close to the tram lines in Melville Road.
Tram substations contain electrical equipment which converts power supplied from the local electricity grid (the "distribution network") into the voltage used by the tram network.
The new Pascoe Vale South tram power substation will be designed to ensure it meets all relevant operating standards and guidelines, operating safely and with minimal impacts on the local community.
It is one of approximately 30 new substations that we are building across Melbourne over the next six years.
What we heard
In October 2019, we engaged the local community to gain feedback (via an online survey) on their preferred site for the substation.
Our survey results showed that there was strong support (84 percent of respondents) for 320 Reynard St as the best location for the substation.
Some respondents expressed an interest in the substation being located in Shore Reserve, however this property is not available to PTV and as a result, is no longer considered an option.
As a result of the feedback we received, 320 Reynard Street is now considered our preferred location for the new substation.
We will soon start working on the design of the substation. We look forward to engaging with the community to gain feedback on concepts for the building.