Local MPs Daley and O'Neill have submitted a petition of 20,000 signatures
to Parliament opposing the bus cutbacks that were to accompany the
introduction of the trams. That's quite a vote of confidence in the tram
On Sunday, 2 August 2020 at 11:02:23 UTC+10 TP wrote:
> Advertising blitz to warn people to stay safe around Sydney trams
> Too many passengers are risking their lives around Sydney’s network of
> trams by not paying attention to their surroundings. Check out the video of
> near misses.
> *Miranda Wood*, The Sunday Telegraph
> August 2, 2020 6:00am
> CCTV footage of near misses with pedestrians and trams
> Sydney Light Rail drivers are reporting a large number of near-misses as
> people walk in front of trams. Transport for NSW is expanding its public
> safety campaign to prevent th...
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> These are the close-call moments for pedestrians nearly hit by trams —
> while one man wasn’t so lucky.
> Three weeks after transport authorities released footage of reckless and
> dangerous behaviour
> of Sydneysiders around trams, come these even more shocking CCTV images —
> as well as a new safety campaign.
> Footage from Lewisham, in Sydney’s inner west, captured a man hit by a
> tram after he walked straight into its path as he was leaving the station.
> [image: Some pedestrians are not paying attention around the Sydney with a
> collision recently in Lewisham.]
> Some pedestrians are not paying attention around the Sydney with a
> collision recently in Lewisham.
> In another video at Eddy Ave, opposite Central Station, a tram was forced
> to brake suddenly when a man dashed in front in wet weather at night.
> Transport for NSW Greater Sydney chief operations officer Howard Collins
> said Sydneysiders had to “ditch the distractions” with tram drivers
> reporting too many pedestrians were risking their lives.
> “A fully loaded tram weighs around 120 tonnes, which is as heavy as a blue
> whale and it can’t stop quickly, needing several metres to stop in an
> emergency,” Mr Collins said.
> “People are distracted with mobile phones and take chances dashing across
> the tracks in front of a tram.
> [image: A pedestrian scoots out in front of a tram in George St.]A
> pedestrian scoots out in front of a tram in George St.
> “On occasion pedestrians will offer a wave of apology thinking it’s a
> minor inconvenience, but on board that tram is a driver who was forced to
> activate their emergency brakes, potentially endangering dozens of
> passengers in their care.”
> Latest figures show since December 1, 179 incidents were reported on the
> light rail including 157 near-misses with pedestrians, vehicles and
> cyclists and 22 collisions — four with people.
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> Of the near misses, nearly 70 involved pedestrians with most narrow
> escapes occurring in the CBD and Surry Hills.
> Mr Collins said: “Trams are quiet and we have a tram every four minutes
> between Circular Quay at Moore Park and every eight minutes in the
> southeast, so it’s important for pedestrians to watch out for oncoming
> trams and only cross the tracks where it is safe to do so.”
> [image: Another passenger is putting himself at risk at Central Station.]Another
> passenger is putting himself at risk at Central Station.
> An advertising blitz warning pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to stay
> safe around trams will start on Sunday with Transdev Sydney Light Rail
> chief officer Brian Brennan saying: “If everyone remembers to: ‘Look left
> and right, check for trams,’ we can prevent people walking into the path of
> “We have had far too many near-misses, particularly involving pedestrians,
> and we urge everybody to remain aware of their surroundings when travelling
> on and around our network.”