A safer tram stop for Middle Park Primary School

Improving safety at the Richardson Street tram stop

We are upgrading Tram Stop 135 at Middle Park Primary School to make it safer and easier for passengers.

Located directly outside the School, the upgraded stop will make it safer for families travelling to the school.


Safety features of the new stop

A raised platform and protective barriers will enable passengers to board and alight from trams onto a safety zone separated from traffic. Passengers will no longer have to step straight onto the roadway.

The raised platform requires car drivers to slow down when driving past the stop.

Car drivers will also have better line of sight to the tram stop and will be able to see passengers boarding and alighting from further away.


Benefits of the new tram stop

Tram passengers will benefit from the enhanced safety features provided by the new stop.

It will also be easier to use for people with mobility restrictions, such as parents with prams or elderly people.


Car parking

Six new car parking spaces will be created in nearby Page Street to offset changes to on-street parking outside residential houses on Mill Street opposite Middle Park Primary School.

Middle Park Primary School Kiss and Go spaces will remain however the tram stop will replace some parking along Mills Street outside the school.


Mills Street tram stops to remain

Stop 134 at Carter Street and Stop 136 at Danks Street will remain. These stops are well used by tram passengers and service local shops, schools and other community facilities.

Improving safety at the Richardson Street tram stop

We are upgrading Tram Stop 135 at Middle Park Primary School to make it safer and easier for passengers.

Located directly outside the School, the upgraded stop will make it safer for families travelling to the school.


Safety features of the new stop

A raised platform and protective barriers will enable passengers to board and alight from trams onto a safety zone separated from traffic. Passengers will no longer have to step straight onto the roadway.

The raised platform requires car drivers to slow down when driving past the stop.

Car drivers will also have better line of sight to the tram stop and will be able to see passengers boarding and alighting from further away.


Benefits of the new tram stop

Tram passengers will benefit from the enhanced safety features provided by the new stop.

It will also be easier to use for people with mobility restrictions, such as parents with prams or elderly people.


Car parking

Six new car parking spaces will be created in nearby Page Street to offset changes to on-street parking outside residential houses on Mill Street opposite Middle Park Primary School.

Middle Park Primary School Kiss and Go spaces will remain however the tram stop will replace some parking along Mills Street outside the school.


Mills Street tram stops to remain

Stop 134 at Carter Street and Stop 136 at Danks Street will remain. These stops are well used by tram passengers and service local shops, schools and other community facilities.

Q&A

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  • The proposal does away with all parking along Mills St on both sides between Richardson and Page Sts, and reduces traffic flexibility with only one lane each way. This is a significant inconvenience to Mills St residents and school parents during drop-off, as well as the general Mills St traffic. And all this at great expense ($2m+) to solve a safety "problem" that doesn't exist. Question: Why were the Mills St residents directly affected by significant loss of amenity not properly consulted about this major change to streetscape? Question: If this proposed Tram Super Stop is about disability access, why have PTV ruled out considering wheelchair access to trams via automated slide-out ramps from under tram floors, which work safely and efficiently and at a fraction of the cost for overseas tram networks like the Toronto Transit Corporation? Question: PTV's stated policy to improve network efficiency is to aim for tram stops to be approx 400m apart. Therefore, how can PTV categorically state that the existing Danks St stop will remain given its close proximity to the new Super Stop?

    Peter Capp asked 5 months ago

    Hi Peter

    Thank you for your query about our plans to upgrade the Mills Street/Richardson Street tram stop at Middle Park Primary School.

    PTV is committed to engaging with stakeholders and local community members to advise them about our projects and listen to their feedback. The way we do this includes mailing and hand-delivering letters to residents, visiting residents and contacting key stakeholders. In the case of Mills Street/Richardson Street tram stop project we delivered letters to residents living around the tram stop on three occasions and visited residents closest to the tram stop site to discuss the project. We met with representatives of City of Port Phillip Council, Middle Park Primary School and Middle Park Kindergarten. We also addressed a meeting organised by the City of Port Phillip Council with residents who responded to the planning application. We minimised impacts where possible, including working with City of Port Phillip to offset the parking outside residents’ houses in nearby Page Street and preserving Middle Park Primary School’s kiss and go zone.

    Stop upgrades are undertaken for several reasons, including safety, accessibility, patronage, and operational efficiency. The Mills Street/Richardson Street tram stop is being upgraded primarily to improve safety. While the new stop will provide better access for people with mobility requirements, the impetus for the upgrade was to improve safety for the passengers, including the primary school children who use the stop, after a near miss between a student alighting from the tram and a garbage truck. The new stop will address this problem by providing direct access to trams from a raised platform while improving the line of sight for car drivers and influencing traffic to slow down when driving through the stop.

    The tram network is planned and designed to best suit the local area and needs of the community. Rather than a set policy for the spacing of stops, the planners look at a range of local information such as the patronage of stops, the type of nearby destinations (schools, hospitals, shopping precincts, housing, community facilities) and connections to other forms of transport. They also balance keeping trams moving efficiently with having stops located conveniently for passengers.

    There are currently no plans to remove the Danks Street tram stop. It is used regularly and services a number of nearby local facilities.


  • Is there a long-term development plan for route 12? Is there a plan to help guide the construction of accessible platform stops for every stop, and improving tram speeds by better segregation from cars, and better spacing between stops? Because without such a plan, building stops like this one does not contribute to a whole-of-route approach to making route 12 faster, safer, and more reliable for passengers and motorists alike.

    Luke Emslie asked 6 months ago

    Hi Luke

    With more than 1700 tram stops across Melbourne, and a commitment to make public transport more accessible for more Victorians, Transport for Victoria oversees the long-term plan for tram stop upgrades.

    Stop upgrades are undertaken for several reasons, including safety, accessibility, patronage, and operational efficiency.

    The Mills Street/Richardson Street tram stop is being upgraded to improve safety.

    It has high patronage and is an important access point for people travelling to the Middle Park Primary School and Middle Park kindergarten, including parents using prams.

    The new stop will have a raised trafficable platform.  Traffic is permitted to travel over the easy access stop via ramps, creating a traffic calming effect. This type of stop has been assessed as the most appropriate for the site, taking into consideration the neighbourhood character and local road conditions.

    Future planning for network optimisation when the distance between tram stops is increased (tram stops removed) to improve operational efficiency and performance of the tram network, will consider:

    • patronage of the stop

    • community facilities and/or activity areas, such as shops, serviced by the stop

    • remaining distance between stops if removing a stop or stops

    PTV’s commitment to servicing school and community facilities means this stop would not be removed when this route receives further upgrades.