Friday October 3, 2014
NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Mike Baird and Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies today announced safety and security improvements will be delivered at St Marys and Werrington stations as part of the NSW Government’s Park and Travel Safety Program.
“Customer safety is the number one priority to the NSW Government and we want to ensure that customers feel safe, whether on-board public transport, waiting for a train or walking to or from a bus or their car,” Mr Baird said.
“Safety and security improvements are being rolled out at a number of stations throughout Sydney, many of them in Western Sydney, where we know public transport patronage is among the highest across the network.
“St Marys and Werrington stations have been identified as priority locations for security upgrades, with both stations to receive improved fencing and updated CCTV.
“At Werrington Station, new fencing and additional CCTV will be provided for the Railway Street commuter car park.
“New fencing will be erected around the St Marys Station car park on Harris Street and new CCTV cameras will also be installed to cover the car park’s entrance and exits.”
Ms Davies said the work is expected to get underway very soon and be completed early next year.
“This is another important project that will improve the daily commute for so many people of this community, and I’m pleased stations like Werrington and St Marys customers continue to see improvements.”
Penrith City Councillor and Liberal candidate for Londonderry Bernard Bratusa was also in attendance and welcomed the investment in customer safety.
“We want to encourage even more people to catch public transport – these safety upgrades to our local stations will help give people peace of mind, particularly those people who start work early or arrive home late at night.”
The NSW Liberal & Nationals Government has made safety and security on the network a key priority, highlighted by the new Police Transport Command launched in May 2012, to take full responsibility for security on all public transport.
“There is no doubt, safety and security on the rail network has been significantly enhanced since police started patrolling trains and stations two years ago,” Ms Davies said.
“There are already around 500 officers on the network, but by December 2014, the Police Transport Command will comprise 610 specialised officers, as well as the 150 Transport Officers who are already right across the public transport network assisting customers and tackling fare evasion.
“There is nothing more reassuring to passengers than a high visibility, high profile police presence on trains, buses and ferries.
“Since May 2012 – police have made more than 5,300 arrests, more than 10,000 charges, and issued more than 100,000 infringements.
“I’m proud to be part of a government that is investing so heavily in making train travel as safe as possible,” Ms Davies said.