Trams

Ding ding! Looking at the how and why of trams, from Melbourne and beyond.

Flawed pedestrian crossings on William Street

During December 2019 Yarra Trams and the City of Melbourne completed a whirlwind of work to upgrade William Street through the Melbourne CBD. But it isn’t just buses that they forgot when building the new tram stops and bike lanes – they’ve screwed up the pedestrian crossings. Pedestrian crossings at major intersections have been widened. […]

Confusion abounds on route 48d to Kew

Every morning a handful of route 48d trams trundle through the Melbourne CBD – but keep your wits about you, if you think they are anything like a route 48 tram without the ‘d’. They might start at the Victoria Harbour terminus at Docklands. And run down Collins Street. But after Spring Street they don’t […]

Photo essay: Melbourne’s four hour tram strike

On Friday August 30 Melbourne’s trams stopped for four hours between 10am and 2pm, while Yarra Trams drivers and customer service staff went on strike over pay and conditions. At the tram stops Signage was erected at tram stops to inform passengers. With messages also being added to the TramTracker screens. As well as being […]

Ding ding on Melbourne’s route 69 tram

“69” – it being out giggles in those of us who have their mind in the gutter, and Melbourne’s route 69 tram used to be fodder for many jokes until it was abolished in 2004. Some history Route 69 once ran from St Kilda Beach to Cotham Road in Kew, via Balaclava Road, Hawthorn Road, […]

Stuck fast on a Swanston Street tram stop

Idiots driving through the tram stops on Swanston Street isn’t anything new – but I was in the right place at the right time during my lunchtime walk, when I spotted yet another vehicle ignore the NO ENTRY signs and drive through the tram stop on Swanston Street.

'Yeah, you're stuck'