Flawed pedestrian crossings on William Street

 

News article: Flawed pedestrian crossings on William Street

During December 2019 Yarra Trams and the City of Melbourne completed a whirlwind of work to upgrade William Street through the Melbourne CBD.

  8077 Chief Train Controller

Location: Crossing the Rubicon
I discovered this concrete jungle last week when in the western end of the CBD.  

A nice open road has been closed up to a tunnel on both sides with a lot of wasted space and for what benefit?

The thought came to me the council or is it the PTV want to reduce capacity for cars in the CBD but in doing so more pedrestrian space was not created in William Street where it needs some.

Try walking from the railway station southbound down william street in the peak it is near impossible.

Flawed pedestrian crossings on William Street

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  Rossco T Chief Train Controller

Location: Camberwell, Victoria
I discovered this concrete jungle last week when in the western end of the CBD.  

A nice open road has been closed up to a tunnel on both sides with a lot of wasted space and for what benefit?

The thought came to me the council or is it the PTV want to reduce capacity for cars in the CBD but in doing so more pedrestrian space was not created in William Street where it needs some.

Try walking from the railway station southbound down william street in the peak it is near impossible.

Flawed pedestrian crossings on William Street
8077
Often you get pedestrians walking down the brand new bicycle lane due to insufficient room on the footpath!

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  route14 Chief Commissioner

I don't know how the new crossings look like, but what exactly is the problem?  Being located on decline gradient?  There used to be (some of which still exist) quite a few tram stops located on down slope, e.g. Wellington St. on route 12 & 109 down, Collins & Swanston on up, Bourke & Queen on down, Clark St. on route 86 up, Riversdale & Kooyong railway squares both ways.  Trams have operated through those sites for about one century without problems.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

I don't know how the new crossings look like, but what exactly is the problem?  Being located on decline gradient?  There used to be (some of which still exist) quite a few tram stops located on down slope, e.g. Wellington St. on route 12 & 109 down, Collins & Swanston on up, Bourke & Queen on down, Clark St. on route 86 up, Riversdale & Kooyong railway squares both ways.  Trams have operated through those sites for about one century without problems.
route14
It appears to be the steepness of the ramps leading up from the road to the footpath. Not any gradient on the tram line.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The tram line at the northern end of William Street looked flatish when I last visited last year.  

I agree wholeheartedly with the comments on the lack of pedestrian space around Flagstaff Station heading south from the station this is a major problem.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

If they were left open at least the powered wheel chairs and those with a companion pushing the wheel chair can use them.  Self propelled wheel chairs can find another route.

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