PROPOSED MANLY 2015 CBD TRAMWAY LOOP
THIS PAGE IS WORK IN PROGRESS - MAY 2011
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Origins of the Manly CBD Tramway Loop proposal
The proposal for re-establishing a tramway system in
the Manly Central Business District (CBD) was inspired by the initial Manly 2015 draft concept drawings produced by the Architects Choi Ropiha showing trams on a central reservation on Belgrave Street to link Manly to Dee Why.
The proposal for a new Manly to Dee Why tram line motivated a re-investigation by Manly Council's Sustainable Transport Committee of the original Manly tramway system that operated between February 1903 and September 1939.
Examination of the history of the original Manly system and its former routes revealed :-
Objectives of the Manly CBD Tramway Loop
One of the centrepieces of the proposed Manly 2015 scheme involves the construction of a new 800-1000 space carpark under Manly Oval, on the periphery of the Manly Town Centre. Reconstruction of a Tramway Loop around the Manly Town Centre would thus:-
The Proposed Route of Manly Tramway
The proposed route is to be a one way loop around the CDB. Historically the line proceeded up the Corso, but due to the pedestrianisation of the Corso it is considered preferable to relocate the line to another parallel street, hence to Victoria Parade, which like the Corso, also has extended street width. The proposed route in the direction of tram operation is thus as follows:-
The construction of the line is to utilise ground level power supply to avoid any unsightly overhead wiring given the tree lined route (switched third rail activated by trams when they are physically over each rail section)
Proposed Stops of Manly Tramway (Raglan Street Option)
The stops are placed to serve the important and popular destinations around the Manly CBD, but carefully located to always allow cars to pass stopped trams (in the process of loading and unloading passengers). Sections of South and North Steyne and East Esplanade are critical in this regard, due to the narrow road width.
Types of Tramcars Proposed to be Used
To maximise tourist potential, and reduce system establishment costs, it is proposed to use vintage corridor trams. Corridor trams are considered safer than the more open "toastrack" type trams previously used on the Manly system prior to 1939. Depending on rolling stock availability and time frame to commencement of operations, preferred tram types would include Sydney "R" or second preference "R1" types or Melbourne "W6" types. The advantage of the "R" and "W6" types is they have a lowered or "drop centre" design which are slightly easier for less mobile passengers to board. There are currently approximately 150 W-class vintage trams in storage in Melbourne, so these would be the most practical to obtain to commence operations in the short to medium term. The construction of the line to permit operation of vintage trams would not preclude rollingstock being updated to more modern stock at any future point.
Frequency of Service and Number of Tramcars Required
The length of the loop and the stops proposed above would result in trams taking about 12-14 minutes to complete the loop stopping at all stops. The corridor trams proposed above can hold around 50 passengers each. The frequency of service would be either every 10 minutes (requiring two trams) or every 5 minutes (requiring three trams). These numbers are just to maintain service frequency and do not take into account any additional peak patronage requirements (to meet any passenger demand beyond one full car load) or operationally spare trams (to allow for maintenance and repairs).
Other Heritage and Rebuilt Tramway LinesStockholm Heritage Tramway (Constructed 1991) Wikipedia
Christchurch Heritage Tramway (Constructed 1995 and being extended) Temporarily closed by earthquake
Melbourne Tramway Network - The only surviving original Australian City Tramway Network
As at May 2011 the following decisions and investigations are either underway or are due to be commenced:-
Where to from here?
As at May 2011, following the decision of Council on the 14th February to proceed to undertake a feasibility study on the proposed tramway, the following is planned:-
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