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Yarra Trams and VicRoads have used new technology in High
Street, Armadale to minimise inconvenience to passengers during
bridge rehabilitation works.
The new infrastructure allows trams to change direction as close
as possible to work zones.
Until now, trams have only been capable of changing direction at
existing 'crossovers' or termini located at specific points
throughout Melbourne's 250 kilometre network.
With the introduction of the pair of temporary crossovers that
can be installed at the approaches to work zones, passengers can
walk a short distance to connecting services rather than having to
catch a tram replacement bus.
Tram replacement buses often need to divert a significant
distance from the tram route due to restrictions associated with
the use of side streets, height clearances and traffic treatments
such as roundabouts and speed humps.
These limitations can also impact their ability to
service every tram stop affected by service changes.
Yarra Trams spokesman, Colin Tyrus, said the introduction of the
temporary crossovers was a significant development for
"With the high tempo of tram track renewal works set to continue
in 2012, these temporary crossovers will minimise inconvenience to
our customers," he said.
"The crossovers can be installed in a matter of hours and can be
used by all eight classes of tram operated by Yarra Trams."
"Feedback from our customer service staff has been positive
during the bridge reconstruction works. Customers appreciated not
having to change to a tram replacement bus that travels an indirect
route to reconnect with the tram service."