Posts Tagged ‘accessible transport’

V/Line’s sorry history of inaccessible trains

Since the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act in 1992 transport operators are required to provide equal access to all passengers – but for V/Line they still have some way to go, with a number of missteps along the way. Trouble on the tracks V/Line has a major issue with inaccessible trains. Ray, Warnambool: In […]

All aboard the train replacement accessible taxi

With works all over the rail network, train replacement buses have been a familiar sight around Melbourne. But in recent times something new has appeared alongside them – train replacement accessible taxis. Thankfully inaccessible high floor buses are becoming a thing of the past – on paper the bulk of buses are now accessible to […]

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. […]

Why are Melbourne railway footbridges so high?

You might have noticed something about Melbourne’s railway station footbridges – they are bloody high, with long ramps and stairs leading up to them. So why do they need to be so high above the tracks?

EDI Comeng train arrives into Sunshine station on the up

Belt and braces – why Melbourne stations have lifts and ramps

Last week I detailed the accident of history that saw ramps being favoured over stairs on Melbourne’s railway network, despite the absence of any requirement to provide easy access for people with disabilities. So how has the network developed since then, and why have a combination of lifts and ramps become the current standard? Entering […]