Posts Tagged ‘tram stop removal’

Categorising the Melbourne tram network by environment

Melbourne’s tram network is one of the biggest in the world, with 24 routes traversing 250 kilometres of track, dating back over a century, and progressively extended and upgraded in the years since.

Today the challenge is to keep services moving despite increasing traffic congestion, carrying more passengers than ever before, while meeting new accessible transport standards. This is difficult activity given no two parts of the network are the same – so how can the Melbourne tram network be categorised by the environment they runs through?

Z3.202 headed north on Swanston and Flinders Street

Route 30 and non-existent tram stops

The other day I was riding a route 30 tram along La Trobe Street, when I looked up at the onboard route map. Unlike the rest of the tram network, route 30 is so short that every single stop can be included on the diagram. But how many tram stops have been removed since then?

Route 30 map onboard an A class tram

Disappearing tram stops on Elizabeth Street

Earlier this week Yarra Trams closed another tram stop in the Melbourne CBD – this time it was stop 6 at Elizabeth and Franklin Streets. This isn’t the first stop to disappear on this street – so why did they go?

Northbound B2.2118 still has to stop at closed Franklin Street stop because of the traffic lights

Another Melbourne CBD tram stop removed

Over the past few years Yarra Trams have been closing tram stops all over the Melbourne CBD, as they embark on a program of building new platform stops that provide level access to the modern fleet of low floor trams. The most recent removal is stop 121 at the corner of Bourke and Spencer Streets, used by trams on routes 75 and 86.

Removed tram stop 121 at Bourke & Spencer Streets, for routes 75 and 86