SEPARATION OF TRAMS AND MOTOR TRAFFIC USING SAFETY BARS: NICHOLSON STREET

The report was prepared for the Melbourne City Council, Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board and the Road Safety and Traffic Authority, Victoria. In May 1978, safety bars were installed along the northbound carriageway of Nicholson Street, Melbourne, to provide separation of trams and motor traffic. The bars are made of precast reinforced concrete and are spaced at 4.5M intervals. This report describes the results of this trial, including how the safety bars have peformed as a separator, their effect on car performance along Nicholson Street, accident rates in Nicholson Street, tram travel times along the street, and the effect on cars in Nicholson Street. In general the study has indicated - (I) that the safety bars have established a physical median which car drives are reluctant to cross and so effectively separate trams from motor traffic. (II) the separation has had a statistically insignificant effect on motor vehicle operations along Nicholson Street and little effect on the travel times of motor vehicles approaching Nicholson Street at intersections. (III) the major effect on motor traffic and pedestrians appears to be in regard to safety in providing a facility for pedestrians which is akin to a central refuge and also physically separating opposing streams of traffic. (IV) no statistically significant tram journey time improvement can be attributed to the installation of the safety bars.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board

    616 Little Collins Street
    Melbourne, Victoria,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • McKenzie, H P
    • Bates, C
    • Semenow, J
  • Publication Date: 1979-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 30 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00330249
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM