On 03/05/2021 15:35, Greg Sutherland wrote:
> Regarding the debate on future tram types for Melbourne are we putting
> the cart before the horse?
Planning is happening, but tram detail is not a public document.
What is public is big investment in the Melbourne Metro Tunnel and the
new "outer circle" Suburban Rail Loop.
See: https://bigbuild.vic.gov.au/projects/metro-tunnel-project and
These are likely to deal with a lot of PT growth without the need for
major extensions to the tram network - except for the Fisherman's Bend
Development and possibly trams to Monash University. There have been
lots of proposals of and arguments about routes for both of these - but
> Having trams that can be lengthened by addition of modules can be a
> saving by enabling the capital cost of rolling stock to be incurred
> over time rather than a one off and higher stock cost due to the peak
> up front expenditure.
There is no real danger of these shorter trams becoming obsolecent (like
Sydney's C and D trams) within their lifetime.
Note that the 100 new ("F class"?) trams are described as being
replacements for the Z and A classes - of which there are probably 200
remaining. 100 will be enough to replace 200!
After that there are 110 high floor Bs to be replaced and by then the
100 C and Ds will be a nightmare to maintain.
So, the smaller Fs are probably appropriate for the time being and there
will be plenty more to come!
Mal Rowe - expecting to see quite a few new trams yet