Environment and Sustainability, Passenger Rail, light rail, Operations & Maintenance, Track & Civil Construction

Cool seal of approval from Yarra Trams

Yarra Trams cool

Yarra Trams is keeping its cool at Melbourne’s busiest tram stop, between Flinders Street Station and Federation Square.

It has applied a material named CoolSeal at the site: a special treatment that reduces the radiant heat that comes off the tram stop’s ‘pit’ or tracks between the platforms.

As a result, the stop can be up to 15 degrees cooler on very hot days, making the stop more comfortable for passengers and employees.

This is the first time this treatment has been used in Victoria, with it already being used successfully in Western Australia and Adelaide.

Early anecdotal feedback from employees is also that the stop is now quieter than from before the application, as well as brighter at night with the street lights reflecting off the ground.

The coating also aims to extend the life of the track surface by a few years.

Yarra Trams chief executive officer Carla Purcell said the application of the cool treatment was just one example of the innovations that the operator is rolling out onto the network to improve passenger experience.

“We are investigating where else we can roll this coating out on the network and are excited to see the results of this trial as the weather heats up again,” she said.