Thousands of Victorians who use the city loop to get to and from work every day will be safer and more secure following vital upgrades to be undertaken by the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, today announced better trespasser detection and fire prevention systems will be installed in the four underground tunnels and three underground stations.
This will include state-of-the-art intruder detection technology, along with CCTV cameras, alarms and platform barriers.
This will not only help save lives, it will also reduce major delays caused by loop shutdowns while reports of trespassers are investigated.
Sprinkler systems in Melbourne Central, Parliament and Flagstaff stations will be upgraded, and a smoke management system will be installed to keep passengers safe in the event of a fire.
The 2012 Victorian Ombudsman’s report into rail safety in the city loop recommended these safety improvements.
The $134 million safety and security upgrade will take place over the next three years, and make the city loop safer for the 130,000 passengers that use it every day.
It’s part of the broader investment the Labor Government is making in the heart of Melbourne’s rail system.
The $11 billion dollar Melbourne Metro Rail Project will unlock the congestion in heart of the network by building a new cross-city tunnel, with new CBD stations connected directly to the city loop.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“This investment will make the city loop safer and more secure for the thousands of Victorians who use it every day.”
“The works will ensure passengers can get to work on time, and home safe and sound again at the end of the day.”
“This is the vital safety upgrade that the city loop needs now, while we get on with the project that the city loop needs for the future – Melbourne Metro Rail.”