This is the new “Easy Access” tram stop in Macarthur Street.
It’s not the first of its type — there’s been one in Albert Park for some years. But it’s the first on a moderately busy street, and it’s claimed it could be the new model for providing accessible tram stops around Melbourne.
I think it’s got some advantages over platform stops, eg cost, and the layout is more suited to narrow roads — which may help accelerate the roll-out of badly-needed accessible tram stops, which benefit everybody, not just those with mobility difficulties, heavy luggage and parents with prams, through faster boarding.
But I also see a problem in that motorists who ignorantly or wilfully fail to stop for tram passengers still present a danger.
What do you think?