Parkville tram crash: Fourteen taken to hospital after truck slams into tram
It's similar to the level crossings on the 96 & 109 light rail. Issue with making it a full railway-style level crossing with boomgates is it is also a pedestrian crossing. They would still need to keep the traffic lights, like the combined lx/ped crossings at eg Brunswick Rd on Upfield line.I can't see why this can't be done in the same fashion as the crossing over Ingles St, Port Melbourne. From a design standpoint both are remarkebly similar. Both roads are 2 carriageways, with 2 traffic lanes each. Both have a ballasted light rail line crossing that road and both have a bike/ pedestrian path running parallel with the rail line. Also both see a similar level of tram frequency, and both are very busy roads.
It is reported the police are reviewing reports from the truck and the tram drivers the light was green for both movements which I find hard to believe.if the lights are computer-controlled then I think it is entirely plausible. Look at the original "Italian Job" from the 1960's. Given that system testing (especially regression testing) and other quality control processes are being squeezed and complacency slipping in it's possible that this case wasn't tested in a software upgrade!
Raises the question of what happened to traffic in the other three lanes that would have been proceeding through the busy intersection under a green light? I'll wait for the official investigation report rather than those of the newspapers.I think you'll be waiting a looong time. A look through the OCI Victoria website shows they have not published a tram incident report since 2011!
The crossing would be a rather easy one to grade separate, by dipping the tramway and walking trail under Elliott AvActually it would be easier to have a tram bridge over Elliott Ave. Heading to West Coburg after the Avenue is a substantial rising grade, likewise heading to the city after the Avenue there is a rising grade. The intersection itself is a dip from a tramway view, and the road itself is relatively level.
The tram super stop would need to be rebuilt.