Metro doors de­signed to save lives a glass act

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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.

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