How long does it take to fix a tram shelter?

This tram and bus shelter shown below is at a stop in Footscray – at Tiernan Street and Droop Street.

Sometime in late-January the main panel of glass got smashed.

Authorities cleared away the broken glass and put hazard tape around it.

Broken tram/bus shelter - 8/2/2020
8th February

Fresh tape was provided a couple of weeks later.

Broken tram/bus shelter - 22/2/2020
22nd February

But what about actually fixing it?

Here’s a photo from today. There’s now no trace of hazard tape or new glass.

Broken tram/bus shelter - 8/3/2020
8th March

This is not a once off. I’ve seen it take months for some shelters to be repaired or replaced after being hit by cars.

Rain doesn’t fall vertically. With no glass, wind also goes right through it. And winter is coming.

This particular stop gets pretty busy. It’s the closest tram stop to Victoria University’s Footscray Park campus, and it also serves two bus routes, and will also be the tram stop for the new Footscray hospital once built.

Really this stop (and others along this route) should get an accessible platform and low floor trams.

But in the mean time, basic passenger shelter is important.

So are they actually going to fix this? One would certainly hope so.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

9 replies on “How long does it take to fix a tram shelter?”

Weird, broken bus stop glass in Craigieburn usually gets replaced within a week, but clearing the glass takes 3 days. Maybe because no one reports it.

I cycled past a bus shelter on Glen Huntly Road, Elsterwick in Melbourne this morning. The glass walls had been smashed during the night with glass scattered on the footpath and onto the road way. Who in their right mind does this type of thing?

I was going to suggest a bit of western suburbs discrimination but reading Jeffery’s comment, maybe not. There is probably a contractor who is responsible.

Have you tried contacting PTV online and asking them what’s happening with it? Knowing them, they might have actually forgotten about it and need a reminder.

I wonder if the response time would be the same if it were an advertising panel which was destroyed. Perhaps commercial incentive is the key to a speedy repair

The one near my home in Ashwood which does have advertising on it was recently fixed within the week. Glass cleaned up the following morning and the glass replaced within the week.

I have my doubts about using glass, I don’t know stats on how many a broken each year but this stop near my home has unfortunately had its share of abuse.

Thank you Arthur – some common sense – why are they using glass? This is worth campaigning about – not worrying about trying to make people pay for trams in the free tram zone. Maybe perspex. Non breakable. You should see how many glass panels get broken regularly. Must keep some good glazier company in business.

I know of a bus shelter near Laverton which I pass by often that have had the glass broken at least 2 times and both times it got fixed within a week. Odd why this takes so long.

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