Metro doors designed to save lives a glass act
AUSTRALIAN-first glass safety doors, designed to save lives on train platforms, have been installed at every new station on Sydney’s Metro Northwest line.
With the $8.3 billion service expected to open in May, major work on the 13 stations between Rouse Hill and Chatswood has now been completed, with the driverless trains to be tested along the line from this week.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the safety barriers, which stretch 4.5km when placed end-to-end, were “the last piece of the puzzle”. “There is nothing more tragic than a life lost in a rail corridor,” he said.
“We don’t want to see people hit by trains. This is about saving people from the risks associated with trains pulling up at stations.
“We’ve seen horrific footage over the years of prams just rolling off platforms — all sorts of things.” Nearly 500 passengers fell from trains or through platform gaps in the 2017-18 financial year and 27 people were killed.
The new glass platform doors only open and close when the train doors are aligned with them. At the three new underground stations — Norwest, Castle Hill and Hills Showground — the doors reach the ceiling, allowing the platforms to be heated and cooled.
Mr Constance said technology would move commuters on and off platforms faster and reduce delays caused by accidents and deaths.