As ubiquitous to the Melbourne CBD as a mysteriously still-open Pie Face or that one legend busker who strums a guitar in the extreme wee hours and sings about people who walk past, horse-drawn carriages have long been a fixture on inner-city streets.
“Swanston Street is now busier than Regent St in London.”“It’s no longer appropriate for the horse drawn vehicles to operate in their current location on Swanston Street. This civic spine should be primarily be used for cyclists, trams and delivery vehicles. The impact of the Metro Tunnel works makes this change necessary now.”“We need to ensure that Swanston Street is a safe and accessible civic space for all Melbournians and visitors to the city,”
The horse-drawn carriages have long attracted criticism from animal activist groups over claims of cruelty, particularly surrounding the state of the facility the horses are kept in overnight.