The sole main objectives of this route is, to provide well needed wheelchair accessible trams on a route of which shall link a number of very important hospitals, such as the Royal Childrens Hospital.
As of December 2016, there are no low-floor trams on any of the routes of which goes past the RCH. The proposed #58, is meant to have low floor trams on it, however this solution is by no means, good enough.
While I am here, trams on #68, need to be supplied by the Moreland depot. Not from Essondon as is the case of all routes which operate in this area.
This is because, the Moreland Depot already has low-floor D2 class trams, of which we seek the use of on route #68.
Moreland needs to be the depot to supply trams for #68 because,
Route #68 needs to take advantage of the small fleet of D2 class trams, the majority of which are already based at the Moreland tram depot.
It is best to keep the small 21 fleet size at one depot, and not have one or two units allocated to Essondon depot.
Moreland is also easy reach of #68 too. Therefore no increase in dead running is to be experienced.
Compared to a previous #68 on the network
There was once a #68 on the tram network, which had stopped operating years ago.
It operated as a Sundays only replacement to route #55.
The old #68 was removed, by the wish to operate #55 on seven days a week.
The proposed #68 I have here, is a shortened version of this original route, and unlike the original, shall operate seven days a week.
Starts off its journey following the existing #55 or proposed #58 between Royal Park railway station and Flemington Road as thus;
Royal Park Railway station
Reserved track through Royal Park
Concludes as #59 beween Flemington Road and Elizabeth Street;
Elizabeth Street - Melbourne City
City, corner Flinders Street
Stars off as #59 between Elizabeth Street and Flemington Road as follows;