Tram priority trial makes news

Monday 21 November 2011

Channel Nine News has aired a story about the tram priority trial underway on Nicholson Street, Route 96 until Thursday 24 November.

In the report it is revealed that Melbourne trams spend 17% of their time waiting at signals, compared to 6% in Zurich and 1% in Bordeaux and Lyon. The Bordeaux and Lyon networks are operated by Keolis, a member of the KDR partnership which operates Yarra Trams.

Melbourne has the largest tram network in the world but our vehicles have an average speed of 15km/h compared to 19km/h in Hong Kong, 20km/h in Berlin and 30km/h in London. The Nicholson Street trial involves VicRoads giving trams priority at traffic signals to speed up journeys and decrease the amount of time spent waiting at signals.

Results of the trial will be available in coming months.


News footage courtesy National Nine News.