Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder
First look at Melbourne’s new trams
Victor P Taffa
Melbourne’s tram commuters have helped to put their mark on a new fleet of low-floor trams to be delivered from next year, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said today.
Touring the Bombardier factory in Dandenong today, Mr. Mulder said a mock-up of the first new tram was the result of recent consultation with a range of passenger groups about the tram design.
“We have involved tram drivers, elderly passengers, and passengers with a disability, including passengers who use scooters, wheelchairs, or those who have low vision.” Mr. Mulder said.
“The construction of the mock-up has helped a range of passengers to experience the look and feel of the new trams, and I’d like to thank everyone who participated in this process.”
“This is the first time a consultation process like this has been run, and it has really helped to ensure the 50 new trams will meet tram passengers’ needs.”
“Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and we’ve been able to incorporate several changes, such as the position of handrails, contrasting colour schemes that highlight doors, seats and handrails for people with low vision, and finding the best place for priority seating and wheelchair spaces.”
Mr. Mulder said the new trams would boost the capacity of the tram network as well as providing an improved ride for passengers.
“The new trams will each be able to carry around 210 passengers, significantly more than other trams on the network, and means that in total the 50 new trams will be able to carry around 10,500 passengers at any one time.” Mr. Mulder said.
“The new trams will have a low floor to provide easier access to level access tram stops and will also have slip-resistant floors and air-conditioning to improve passenger comfort and safety.”
“The trams will have state-of-the-art audio and visual announcements to update passengers on the current location and the next stop.”
Mr. Mulder said that the delivery of the mock-up tram was a milestone in the design process and the first of the new trams due to arrive on the network in late 2012.
“The Coalition Government is focused on getting the basics of our public transport network right, which is why we’re investing $800 Million in tram network improvements, including $300 Million for 50 new trams.” Mr. Mulder said.
Other tram network improvements will include additional platform stops, power upgrades and tram stabling and maintenance facilities.
“Melbourne has the world’s largest tram network, and around 569,200 passenger trips are made on the network each weekday.” Mr. Mulder said.
“This investment in 50 new trams will help ensure the tram network remains an iconic part of Melbourne for many years to come.”
Snapshot Of The New Trams:
- The first of 50 new trams will arrive on the network in late 2012
- The trams are being built by Bombardier in Dandenong
- The new trams will be approximately 33 metres long and 2.65 metres wide
- The mock-up tram is approximately two thirds the length of the new trams
- The new trams will each fit 210 passengers