The missing link is such a no brainer. Water mains have recently been
replaced in that section of the Park Street, and it is marked out for a
separated bike lane, removing a theoretical car lane, but practically it is
already one lane for cars. A tram line would just be a short length of
straight track, a set of points at Park and Kingsway and Park and Clarendon
for the right hand turn and then the 5 could go on to...Fishermans Bend?
Great photos Yuri, as always.
On Thu, 12 May 2022 at 19:08, Yuri Sos trams4me@...> wrote:
> Given that Metro Tunnel was performing evaluation of subsurface utilities
> in Park Street back in February (TDU 10-02-2022), I thought I'd have a look
> and record the existing scene in Park Street in that 290m section often
> called the "missing link".
> There are persistent rumours that as part of Metro Tunnel works (?) in
> that part of South Melbourne the missing link will (finally) be constructed
> between Kings Way and Heather Street and an east-to-north curve at Park and
> Clarendon Streets to enable route 5 to be diverted (Malvern to where?) up
> Clarendon and Spencer Streets.
> This is the site of the "missing link": a mere 290m of non-track-laid
> street. Looking east from the roundabout at intersection of Heather and
> Park Street, in the distance one can see an inbound B2 on a route 58
> service turning from Park Street into Kingsway. In the foreground the
> tracks curve from Heather Street at left into Park Street carrying route 1
> trams between South Melbourne to East Coburg.
> (2,400 x 1500 3.36MB)
> Still looking east B2.2115 bends around the curve in the roundabout at
> Heather and Park Streets. I'm impressed. Most of the B2s I saw on this
> route are spotless.
> (2,400 x 1500 2.19MB)
> Now looking south-west from Heather Street, Z3.211 is heading for East
> (2,400 x 1500 2.73MB)
> Looking west along Park Street, B2.2122 fills the frame with a tram shot
> without too much "other stuff"......
> (2,400 x 1500 2.31MB)
> .... and heads up Park Street towards South Melbourne Beach.
> (2,400 x 1500 2.66MB)
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