The Victorian Government will install separation kerbing along Melbourne tramlines in an effort to improve commuter safety and reduce vehicle-train collisions.
More than 5km of kerbing will be installed on Latrobe, Flinders, Swanston, Spring, Market and Spencer streets in Melbourne’s CBD, to reduce vehicle to tram collisions, incident-related service disruptions and improve safety for people travelling in trams and vehicles.
Victorian Minister for Public Transport, Ben Carroll, said the decision would improve commuter safety and create ‘hundreds’ of local construction jobs.
“We’re investing more than ever before to make Melbourne’s tram network into a more modern, accessible and safe mode of transport,” Mr Carroll said.
“This investment is keeping Victorians safe, making our tram network more reliable and creating hundreds of jobs.
“There’s an average of three vehicle-to-tram collisions on Melbourne’s tram network each day and these new kerbs will reduce these on many of the CBD’s busiest streets, resulting in faster and safer journeys for cars, buses, and trams.”
The specially made concrete kerbing for the project is manufactured in Geelong and made using recycled materials, including old tram windows, and will be installed between the tram tracks and the closest traffic lane.
The project will be delivered during night works between August and November 2022, with work sites moving progressively in sections along each of the routes.