New figures have revealed the most dangerous streets for tram crashes, with the number of car and tram collisions on the rise.
The figures released by the Andrews government and Yarra Trams show that five of the worst areas for collisions were in Melbourne’s CBD, and that the most dangerous location outside of the CBD was on St Kilda Rd.
Across the entire tram network, there were more than 1100 collisions in 2018, which is a steep increase from the 970 figure from 2017.
Of these incidents, approximately 97 per cent were found to be the fault of the motorist.
Public Transport Minister Melissa Horne told The Herald Sun it was important for drivers to be cautious in built-up areas, considering that there are now more trams on the roads as well.
“Trams don’t have the ability to swerve out of the way of danger, motorists and pedestrians play an important part in helping to reduce collisions with trams,” she said.
“We encourage all motorists to ‘think tram’ when driving along shared roads, and always check before merging or turning right over tram tracks,” Yarra Trams chief executive Nicolas Grindt said.
TRAM CRASH HOT SPOTS
Collins St — 77
St Kilda Rd — 52
Flinders St — 42
Elizabeth St 42
Nicholson St — 40
Bourke St 37
Toorak Rd — 34
Bridge Rd- 34
La Trobe St — 28
Clarendon St — 28