Yarra Trams delivered 98.30 per cent of services in April with 80.90 per cent of services arriving on time. April was a challenging month for tram operations in part due to unseasonably high rainfall levels. Heavy rain slows down road traffic which affects tram services, as well as causing slippery tracks. A number of special events also took place during the month which affected services including Run for the Kids and the associated closure of the Domain Tunnel, which increased road traffic on roads with tram services.
Additional services were operated in April for a number of special events, including the ANZAC day Dawn Service, sporting events including the AFL, NRL, A-League and Netball, and concerts at Margaret Court and Rod Laver Arena.
During the month of April Yarra Trams successfully renewed the intersection at Victoria and Church Streets in Richmond. The curved tram tracks were around 40 years old and required renewing. The renewed tracks will deliver a better road surface for cyclists and tram passengers, produce less tram noise due to potholes, broken rails and wheel squealing, and will be quicker to repair in the future due to the use of new semi resilient materials.