Commuters lobby for rail staff

By , 19/06/2018 11:34

DIANA Vincent was one of the south-western Sydney residents who joined the campaign for changes in staffing levels at the Glenfield and Campbelltown train lines last Thursday.

More than 100 residents signed the petition which was organised by a community advocacy organisation, Sydney Alliance.

The alliance is calling for two RailCorp staff members to be present at the key interchange stations until the last train leaves each night.

Ms Vincent, who frequently uses the Glenfield train line to travel into the city for university, said she sometimes felt unsafe when travelling back home at night.

“I often stayed back to study until late which meant I would return to Glenfield from 9 to 11 at night,” Ms Vincent said.

“At times I would be alone or one of the few people to disembark the train and there would be no staff members present.”

She also said it was important for commuters to feel safe at stations so they would continue to have access to public transport.

A spokeswoman for Transport for NSW said new security measures were in place and were now being organised by state police.

“The NSW Police took over security for the entire public transport network which is under a new dedicated Police Transport Command in May, 2012,” she said.

Campaign: Diana Vincent is part of the Sydney Alliance Transport Action Campaign fighting for greater safety on Railcorp trains at night. Photo: Luke Fuda.

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