Friday, July 06, 2018
We waited and waited for the stationary trams to clear. I think about fifty minutes later, they did eventually move, but not up Swanston Street where we wanted to be, but via William Street, very slowly. Instead of being a fifteen minute trip, it took over half an hour. We hopped off the tram and onto a following bus at Flinders Street which quickly moved along Flinders and then Queen Street. We caught the a tram down to Bourke Street Mall. Knowledge of your public transport system is never an effort gone to waste.
This photo I think by Matt Jowett.
Oh a minor fire on the roof of a tram at the Arts Centre. I will guess that the power was cut to St Kilda Road trams, and after a long time restored in part so trams could run via the alternative route. The disruption lasted hours. How can this be for a small fire on a tram? The fire is put out by the fire brigade, the tram is towed away. The overhead wires are checked for any damage. Maximum, one hour, but it was hours of delays and diversions. No, sooner than that happened but again Swanston Street tram services were shut down because of a public demonstration.
R bought his Jag jeans that he wanted, 60% off the second pair at Myer. We had coffee and shared a sausage roll at Soul Cafe. No sign of any tram in Swanston Street yet. We walked not far to Bourke and not a sign of tram on that street. Bourke Street tram service is crap. R wanted some parsley for our evening dinner, so we went to the Woolworths Metro shop, and then continued on to Collins Street, and quickly caught a tram down to William Street and a tram home. What a disaster. Yarra Trams, I know you can't do anything about public demonstrations, but the delay in St Kilda Road for the tram fire was absurd. Like hours! Why was that so? And why did Yarra Trams phrase it in announcements as an emergency services request, and not, due to a fire one of our trams. Please, people would have understood the seriousness of a tram fire and being much more accepting of the delay, rather than an emergency service request.
It is an inherent problem with trams. If one stops, then the tram route stops. Buses can get around a broken down bus. But we Melburnians like our trams, the biggest tram system in the world, according to the ABC tv show Think Tank. It rather depends how it is measured. But double track to all destinations, it is the largest. But we had alternatives. We could have caught a Queen Street bus to a stop not too far away from home or the train to South Yarra train station and a tram home.
While we are not rich, we certainly live in a very inner area well served by public transport. We could have just walked to town, thirty minutes to Bourke Street, but we are getting a bit old to do what we used to do often enough, just walk.