In a first for Victoria, underground stations will have platform screen doors, installed as part of the State Government’s Metro Tunnel Project.

Doors have been installed at the future Parkville station and installation is already well underway at Arden and Anzac stations and set to begin shortly at State Library and Town Hall stations.

The toughened glass sliding doors will open and close in tandem with the fleet of Melbourne’s new High-Capacity Metro Trains – creating a barrier between the track and platforms to improve passengers’ safety by preventing people and objects from falling into the path of oncoming trains, and stopping trespassers entering the tunnels.

The doors are a hallmark of world-class metro rail systems, like those in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Paris. The new technology has been tested in a series of rigorous trials over several years, both in virtual development and at a test platform at the Pakenham East train depot.

Victorian Acting Premier and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan, said, “Platform screen doors will keep passengers safe and services moving. They’re a hallmark of metro systems around the world – and soon they’ll be a part of Victoria’s rail network.”

60 doors will be fitted at each station, with 300 to be installed across the five new underground stations being built by the project – enough to stretch from Flinders Street Station to the MCG.

Work on the rest of the Metro Tunnel is continuing at pace – with crews currently working to finish 24 days of around-the-clock work to separate the Frankston Line from the Cranbourne/Pakenham Line at Caulfield Station.

The track upgrades will allow trains to run every two-to-three minutes when the Metro Tunnel opens in 2025 – a year ahead of schedule.

The Metro Tunnel’s stations are also quickly taking shape, with the fit-out of lifts, escalators, security systems, CCTV, passenger information displays and emergency phones underway as well as tracks being laid along the nine-kilometre twin tunnels.

Ms Allan said, “Work is continuing on the Metro Tunnel at pace – the project is taking shape now, with test trains set to run later this year before the project opens to passengers to transform transport in Melbourne in 2025.”

When finished, the Metro Tunnel will create capacity for more than half a million additional passengers per week to travel during peak times across Melbourne’s train network.

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11 Comments
  1. Geoff 1 year ago

    The queen of debt strikes again, just another blowout

  2. Haabaamaaster 1 year ago

    Hopefully there’s a Centrelink office on every platform. Apart from building more tunnels to nowhere there’s no jobs waiting for commuters at the end of the line.

  3. Ria 1 year ago

    What about fare evaders, kids /adults jumping the barriers, abusing the staff, then kick down the barrier because they know they can, calling maintenance to fix the barriers is not the answer, and the excuses for not having to pay for fares, but yet they have spent money shopping at clothing stores that are over $100 mmmhmmm.

    • Tim 1 year ago

      These platform screen doors seal the train track from the platform, they have nothing to do with ticketing.

      People won’t be able to fall off the platform anymore and you won’t get blasted with cold air when the train arrives. So the new stations will be fully air conditioned and heated.

      So increased safety, comfort and lower noise levels.

    • Scott 1 year ago

      Why does it bother you if kids are fare evading? The prices of public transport in this country are a crime in and of themselves so if they can get away with it, more power to them.

      Shanghai’s metro is the best in the world by every concievable metric and that used to cost me only 40 cents per trip, yet you’re happy for kids to pay $4 a trip? What kind of lunatic sides with a corporation over costs? Get therapy.

  4. David Schulze 1 year ago

    Most expensive rail tunnel ever dug?? Before the new loop tunnel .

  5. Mohibullah Ahmadzai 1 year ago

    Perfect Job

  6. Mick 1 year ago

    At last Victoria is moving with the rest of the world after decades of falling embarrassingly behind.

  7. Scott 1 year ago

    Why does it bother you if kids are fare evading? The prices of public transport in this country are a crime in and of themselves so if they can get away with it, more power to them.

    Shanghai’s metro is the best in the world by every concievable metric and that used to cost me only 40 cents per trip, yet you’re happy for kids to pay $4 a trip? What kind of lunatic sides with a corporation over costs? Get therapy.

  8. Peter 1 year ago

    Good to see they are catching up. I rode on a train in Japan 1993 with platform security screens.

  9. Gary 1 year ago

    Now all we need is entertainment on the trains and a food and coffee cart going down the aisle like they have on planes.

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