‘A significant problem’: More security measures set for the Metro Trains network

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‘A significant problem’: More security measures set for the Metro Trains network

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Words by Staff Writer

The state government say the Metro Trains network will be made safer and more reliable with significant security upgrades.

The Victorian government is installing more than 16 kilometres of new security fencing along the Metro Trains network lines of Frankston, Dandenong, Sandringham and Mernda, with the installation of additional anti-trespasser fencing to be completed in 2025.

This is in addition to existing methods Metro Trains and Victoria Police are using to target trespassing, which include a network of 11,000 CCTV cameras and thermal imaging cameras.

The new fencing is backed by a $11.4 million government investment to continue anti-trespasser fencing works along the metropolitan rail network. In 2023, there were almost 3,000 trespassing incidents, delaying on average around 800 Melbourne train journeys per month and representing the single biggest contributor to trains running late.

Metro Trains security upgrades

  • Metro Trains and the Victorian government to install more than 16 kilometres of new security fencing
  • The anti-trespassing measures will take place along the Frankston, Dandenong, Sandringham and Mernda lines
  • This in addition to the existing network of 11,000 CCTV cameras and thermal imaging cameras

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There have been no shortage of upgrades along the Melbourne train network in recent months, with news that The Lilydale Line will become the first rail line to become boom gate free – with a construction blitz set to build two new stations and remove four more level crossings. Plus, the announcement that the Suburban Rail Loop has undertaken significant design steps to reduce impact on local residents.

The Big Build project also announced that six new stations are set to open and another seven boom gates will be removed along the Frankston, Lilydale, Mernda, Pakenham lines over the coming months.

“A real difference to safety”

Currently around 60 per cent of the Melbourne train network is fenced, and this new fencing will be installed at key hot spots to deter trespassing at those locations.

“This investment will make a real difference to community safety and in preventing delays for passengers,” Minister for Public and Active Transport Gabrielle Williams said. “Trespassing is a significant problem on the train network, and this new fencing will improve safety and reliability by keeping trespassers off the tracks.”

“Every day we work tirelessly to provide a safe train network that runs on time. But illegal trespassing on our network is now the biggest factor that impacts trains and delays passengers,” Metro Trains CEO Raymond O’Flaherty added.

“Around 60 per cent of our network is currently fenced, and while no single measure prevents 100 per cent of illegal trespassing, these new fencing will help keep people away from rail tracks.”

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