I am often given to wonder about the strength of Princes Bridge, when umpteen trams and cars are sitting on the bridge. It is of arch construction, and probably very strong and checked for soundness often. Now concrete blocks are to be added to the edge of the paths for more security against those who would damage people with their cars.
But what about other bridges, especially bridges where trams cross railway lines. I saw one speed restriction sign, then another. I investigated further and went out and took photos.
I came across some other tram speed restriction signs too.
I know St Kilda Junction was strengthened just a few years ago, when new tram track was laid. It is now in such a perilous state that trams can only crawl at 15 km/h, say 10mph. Seems like it it is, as per photo. It was only built in the mid 1960s.
This bridge over the railway line in Glenferrie Road, Malvern. Is it safe? It is at least 100 years old.
This one in in Wattletree Road, Armadale is probably the same age.
With a very similar style of construction, I expect this bridge in Malvern Road, Toorak is the same age too.
Never mind that we are told we already have one of the slowest tram systems in the world, and it has just become a whole lot slower.
I wonder if the media might be interested in this? Either the bridges are safe or they are not. I did note aside from St Kilda Junction that not one tram at any of the other bridges slowed to 15 km/h. To me that smacks of managers having a tram driver to blame should the worst case happen. Keep the pressure on for on time performance, or the company gets fined, yet slow trams to impractical speeds, if it is the case that these bridges are safe. How can we know?