Eerie scenes right across Melbourne today, with the city’s iconic tram network evacuating the tracks during a four hour strike this afternoon.
— Courtney Carthy (@ccarthy) August 27, 2015
— The Age (@theage) August 27, 2015
— We Know Melbourne (@WeKnowMelbourne) August 27, 2015
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— Clare Rawlinson (@clarerawlinson) August 27, 2015
The tram-reliant areas of the city like St Kilda, Fitzroy, Carlton, and Brunswick East felt the hardest pinch of the shutdown.
“Yarra Trams would like to thank its customers for their patience during today’s industrial action.
Trams are returning to the network and our focus is on ensuring safety during this time.
We expect to have trams operating to normal frequencies between 4pm and 5pm.
We also thank our employees who were on the network today, many of whom were volunteers from other parts of the business.
We share our passengers’ frustration about this unnecessary industrial action; we did everything we could to keep passengers informed and keep Melbourne moving.”
— Steve Sparke (@stevesparke) August 27, 2015
Photos: Robert Cianflone via Getty Images.