Re: Car crashes into Adelaide tram stop.
  Alex Cowie

You are correct about the track configuration, on the left is the centre
turnback road and on the right is the eastbound track from Entertainment
Centre, Hindmarsh. Behind the car is the access slope to the platform
which has a tubular stainless steel railing adjacent to the through track.
At the west end of the slope is a pedestrian crossing with a traffic light
pole at the west end of the crossing. From the media photos it is not
clear whether the car came up the access slope, in which case the railings
would have been encountered or whether the car mounted the face of the
platform. It looks as if the car managed to avoid the traffic light pole.
An onsite inspection is called for tomorrow!

Bollards along the edge of the slope might have provided greater passenger
protection, although I guess the main function of the railings is to deter
passengers leaving the slope before reaching the pedestrian crossing.
Bollards across the slope would have to be carefully arranged not to hamper
wheelchair access and general passenger flows.


On Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 8:13:46 AM UTC+9:30, Prescott wrote:

> So the car is actually on the platform. It's a bit hard to tell on the

> photo but now I think I can see what looks like a terminating track on the

> left and a through track on the right. One would think that some bollards

> would have been installed on the platform ends to stop this type of mishap.

> Rather like the Melbourne drive-over stops, no thought has been given to

> protecting pedestrians, but of course plenty of attention to protecting

> drivers from their own stupidity.


> I was once talking to a city planner in Sydney about a new pedestrian

> refuge in the middle of a road that had a bright yellow bollard on each

> side of the refuge. I said I hoped that they were solid enough to stop a

> car and the straight-faced answer I got was that they were made of hollow

> plastic so as not to damage the car but were intended merely as a visual

> alert for drivers. There's an entire entrenched mentality about cars in

> this country to deal with.


> Tony P