Security To Be Improved For Salisbury Railway Station Ticket Gates

Security To Be Improved For Salisbury Railway Station Ticket Gates

South Australia Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan

Ticket Gates Boost Security At Salisbury Railway Station

Victor P Taffa

New ticket gates have been installed at the Salisbury Railway Station as part of a $2.1 Million package to reduce fare evasion which costs the public transport network millions of dollars each year.

“Our Government takes a zero tolerance approach to fare evasion, which costs our public transport network millions of dollars every year money which could be reinvested in providing better public transport services for everyone.” Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Stephen Mullighan said.

“We’ve invested in better security, more Police, more DPTI safety officers and more CCTV to deter anti-social behaviour and enable a rapid response across our public transport network.”

Ticket validation gates are similar to those in operation at the Adelaide Railway Station, requiring passengers to swipe their Metrocard or validate their Metroticket to gain access to and from the platform.

New MetroCard ticketing machines have also been installed on the platform along with enhanced passenger information systems, while new closed circuit TV cameras and lighting will also improve safety at the interchange one of Adelaide Metro’s busiest.

Station improvements also include new fencing and a new footpath to improve accessibility between the station entrance and the northern carpark.

Sliding gates have been installed next to the ticket validation gates to provide an alternative access point for people with prams, wheelchairs and other mobility devices, or for use in an emergency.

Security and safety patrols will be ramped up at adjacent railway stations to guard against passengers who try to avoid the ticket gates by disembarking just before or after the Salisbury interchange.

Installation of ticket gates at Noarlunga Station is expected to commence in October.

Background

Labor Government made a $2.1 Million election commitment to reduce fare evasion, which costs South Australian public transport an estimated $3 Million annually in lost revenue.

That commitment includes the installation of ticket gates at the Salisbury and Noarlunga interchanges 2 of the busiest stations on the Adelaide Metro network.

Passenger Service Assistants will be on site to assist customers who require help using the gates.

These measures are in addition to a suite of initiatives introduced by the State Government to tackle violence and anti-social behaviour on the public transport network

These include:

  • $4 Million roll-out of new high-tech CCTV cameras, improved lighting and emergency contact points at stations and interchanges across the Adelaide Metro network.
  • Expanding the role of passenger service assistants to the bus network with the introduction of 10 new PSA’s to the network
  • A new security contract including increased patrols around vulnerable areas of attack by graffiti vandals, with an emphasis on reducing the number of graffiti attacks on stations, trains, trams and buses.
  • Introducing mobile security patrols to monitor bus and rail networks, as well as maintaining a presence at major stations and interchanges whilst on patrol.
  • Introducing tough new penalties of up to 25 years in jail for thugs who assault transport workers including Adelaide Metro bus, train and tram drivers, passenger service assistants, and taxi and chauffeur vehicle drivers.
  • Community education campaigns highlighting the penalties for not having a ticket and penalties for assaulting public transport workers.