Engineering, Environment and Sustainability, Passenger Rail

Public opinion asked for on new tram platform

Toorak terminus. Photo: Yarra Trams

Yarra Trams and Public Transport Victoria (PTV) say the proposed new terminus and level-access platform at Toorak Road is necessary for the continued modernisation of Melbourne’s tram network.

The new platform stop will replace the current combined kerbside tram stop and terminus located on the corner of Toorak Road and Glenferrie Road, the sides said.

The current Toorak Road terminus is the only unprotected terminus remaining on Melbourne’s tram network, and a safety risk assessment completed by Yarra Trams ranks the terminus in the top ten hot spots/stops for severity, with vehicle-to-passenger near misses recorded on an “almost daily basis”.

“It also doesn’t allow for easy boarding and alighting for the elderly, people with prams or people with disabilities,” Yarra Trams said in a release.

The planned new platform will include easier and safer access to trams, increased protection from road traffic, real-time passenger information, and improved passenger amenity including shelters, seating and lighting, Yarra Trams outlined.

Seeking public opinion on the proposed changes, Yarra Trams is hosting an information session on Thursday, July 16, from 6pm to 8pm at the Kooyong Tennis Centre.

Those willing to provide feedback but unable to attend the session can call 1800 800 007.