Saturday, August 24, 2013

Pedestrian Safety Yarra Council Late Night Public Transport Call by Victoria Police & Residents. Melbourne Leader 12.8.13

"Insp Edwards said street assaults in the (Yarra) municipality had been steady over the past 12 months and the situation would be improved by late-night transport on Friday and Saturday nights."

"More than 85 per cent of 452 residents polled by Yarra Council said they wanted to see tram or train services run until 2.30am to get punters home faster and safer."

"The (Yarra) council is considering allowing night markets, beefing up street cleaning services and installing portable toilets."


Transport trouble-fix call

  • Article rank 
  • 12 Aug 2013
  • Melbourne Leader
  • Nic Price

LATE TRAMS AND TRAINS COULD DEFUSE STREET VIOLENCE

CALLS are mounting for extended hours for public transport to reduce alcohol fuelled street violence and related trouble in Yarra.
More than 85 per cent of 452 residents polled by Yarra Council said they wanted to see tram or train services run until 2.30am to get punters home faster and safer.
Yarra’s top policeman, Inspector Bernie Edwards, said many problems were caused when hundreds of boozy patrons were roaming the streets looking for a taxi.
“If they have to stay in the area for an hour or more they will need a toilet and residents get upset about people urinating in public,” Insp Edwards said. “And when groups are waiting around confrontation can occur.”
Insp Edwards said street assaults in the municipality had been steady over the past 12 months and the situation would be improved by late-night transport on Friday and Saturday nights.
Yarra councillor Stephen Jolly also backed the latenight transport call.
But a Public Transport Victoria response provided by Larissa Garvin, a spokeswoman for Transport Minister Terry Mulder, said the move “would significantly limit the operators’ ability to undertake important maintenance and compromise fleet availability.”
The statement said latenight NightRider buses carried 4500 passengers every weekend. But council research showed their usage was very low in Yarra.
The council carried out the major survey of residents, traders and night-life patrons as it develops a strategy to make its entertainment strips safer and more vibrant and functional by mid-2014.
The council is considering allowing night markets, beefing up street cleaning services and installing portable toilets.


 Melbourne Leader 12.8.13






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