Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced a $20 million boost to improve customer safety and security at more than 40 train stations across NSW. The project is being delivered as part of the Transport Access Program, a NSW Government initiative which is delivering accessible, modern, secure and integrated transport infrastructure where it is needed most.
“These important improvements being made through the Transport Access Program include new CCTV, lighting, additional fencing and rolling out help points for customers,” Ms Berejiklian said. “Customers travelling around the network should feel safer than ever before, thanks to the introduction of the Police Transport Command (PTC) on public transport and these ongoing safety upgrades.”
Since May 2012, PTC officers have made more than 6700 arrests, resulting in more than 12,500 charges and issued more than 120,000 infringements.
“As a government, we want more people to use public transport and we recognise that improving safety on public transport is key to encouraging people out of their cars and onto trains, buses, ferries and light rail,” Ms Berejiklian said. “The Police Transport Command officers are doing a fantastic job to ensure the safety of customers on trains and on platforms whether it is at night, or during the day.
“Labor talked about security, but we all know they left public transport in New South Wales in a complete mess.”
The new investment is in addition to the $40 million Park and Travel safety fund already invested in almost 50 safety upgrades, with 36 projects completed and another 12 underway, Ms Berejiklian said.
“Transport for NSW has worked with the NSW Police and Sydney Trains to identify where safety improvements are required,” she said.