Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

I AL­WAYS thought Perth’s rail sys­tem was pretty good and mod­ern, although we had heard from oth­ers who had trav­elled that it was not as good as some in other coun­tries.

Not hav­ing trav­elled for a very long time, my wife and I had not had the op­por­tu­nity our­selves to com­pare. But a re­cent trip to Asia, specif­i­cally Sin­ga­pore and Hong Kong, was a true eye-opener.

We saw multi-level tracks, all un­der ground, and al­most ev­ery un­der­ground sta­tion was huge with a multi level shop­ping cen­tre.

Trains ap­peared longer and car­riages wider. The vis­ual sta­tion dis­play on the top corners above each door was far bet­ter and eas­ier to read.

The dis­play also showed the next sta­tion high­lighted in green and where the trans­fer/ter­mi­nal sta­tions were for other lines.

Trans­fer sta­tions were more fre­quent than in Perth and not just one main sta­tion where pas­sen­gers could swap to other lines as in Perth.

I was also very im­pressed with the clean­li­ness of the plat­forms and the fact that there were floorto-ceil­ing glass bar­ri­ers so that no one could jump on to the track or, as has oc­curred in re­cent in­stances, a pram roll on to the track.

As the train pulled up, the train doors lined up with the glass bar­rier doors and they open in uni­son.

Fi­nally, the door-clos­ing alarm sounded be­fore the doors closed, not as they close or just af­ter as on Perth trains.


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