Posted on 12. Nov, 2010 in Election Media Release, News

Security across the metropolitan rail network will be boosted with a staff presence at every electrified metropolitan railway station and a central closed circuit television control room under a future Labor Government, Member for Clayton Hong Lim said today.

“Our Government’s $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan is the right long term plan to fix transport – and we already have more than $10 billion worth of projects under construction or being rolled out,”  Hong Lim said.

“Today’s announcement of more station staff and a central CCTV control room will make our trains safer for commuters – and builds on our announcement to provide 100 additional Transit Police patrolling every line every night.

“We know some people do not always feel safe on public transport. That’s why we will recruit an additional 100 Transit Police and 180 additional Metro staff to provide a staffed presence at every metropolitan railway station.

“A new Metro Safety Control Centre will also be established with 20 staff to actively monitor train stations at all times through more than 3000 CCTV cameras across the metropolitan rail network. Staff will also be able to communicate with passengers at stations using a public address system.”

Hong Lim said Labor would also secure the iconic W-Class tram fleet, investing $6.3 million to refurbish the trams for the City Circle Route.

“W-Class trams are synonymous with our great State and this funding will secure their presence in our tram fleet.”

Hong Lim said Labor would work with train operator, Metro, to determine the best mix of staff for stations, to provide a presence at stations, assist passengers on and off trains, improve punctuality and work with Transit Police to assist people if an incident occurs.

“This is all in addition to our orders for 50 new trams, 270 low floor buses and hundreds of extra weekly train services. We also have 14 of our 38 new X’Trapolis trains now in service, providing capacity for another 20,000 passengers in the morning and evening peaks,” Hong Lim said.

Labor’s metropolitan public transport package also includes:

  • $56 million for additional park and ride spaces across metropolitan stations;
  • $135.3 million for 20 additional VLocity train carriages;
  • $39.8 million for 20 minute off-peak frequencies on the Geelong line; and
  • $800,000 for new Parkiteer bike cages at train stations.

“We’ve also committed to investing in planning for important new links in Melbourne’s transport network. All these projects will improve safety and traffic flow in key areas, supporting sustainable growth while providing new job opportunities and new transport links.”

“Locally, bus route 703 which operates from Middle Brighton to Blackburn via Clayton will be upgraded to operate as a full SmartBus service, running seven days a week, on average every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends and public holidays. The hours of operation will span 5am to midnight on weekdays.

“This upgraded service will deliver major improvements for people living and working in these areas, by providing frequent cross-town connections over longer operating hours to five train stations, local bus routes, Monash University, several shopping centres, schools, hospitals and sports facilities.”

Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula said that SmartBus has become the most popular bus service in Melbourne, with Smart Bus patronage up 20 percent to almost 12 million trips in 2009.

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