Ms Ficarra to the Minister for Roads, Minister for Commerce, Acting Minister for Industrial Relations, and Acting Minister Assisting the Minister for Finance representing the Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport, Minister for Finance—

  1. What is the Department of Transport doing to ensure the safety of Granville train station commuters?
  2. Will adequate lighting be installed around Granville train station, the carpark and surrounds so as to protect the community?
    1. If so, when?
    2. If not, why not?
  3. Will 24 hour Transit Security Guards be introduced at Granville Train Station and the surrounding areas?
    1. If so, when?
    2. If not, why not?
  4. Will security intercoms be placed around Granville train station?
    1. If so, when?
    2. If not, why not?


I am advised:

(1) - (4) RailCorp has more than 7000 closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) on 300 railway stations.

Granville Station has been upgraded as part of the Gated Stations CCTV Upgrade Project, with additional CCTV cameras being installed at the ticket gates in conjunction with two publicly visible monitors.

These monitors reinforce the message that high quality CCTV is installed at the station and that people entering the station can be identified. This in turn provides an ongoing deterrent to crime and anti-social behaviour.

Additionally, lighting at Granville Station provides commuters with clear visibility of the station, its facilities and in turn supports CCTV monitoring. This includes the entry and exit points, ticketing facilities, platforms and other station based facilities to support after hours usage.

There are 600 transit officers deployed throughout the rail network. The Rail Security Control Centre operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and has the capacity for Iive monitored closed circuit television and an ability to communicate with train crews and station staff, directing both police and transit officers to security incidents.

The RailCorp Security Division monitors the effectiveness of all rail security initiatives to ensure that they continue to provide an appropriate Ievel of protection for RailCorp customers and staff.

Transit officers are deployed to areas where, and at the times when, they are most needed. They provide a highly visible deterrent to crime and anti-social behaviour and offer a reassuring presence to RailCorp customers and staff. Transit officers have powers which allow them to direct a person behaving in an anti-social manner to Ieave a train or railway premises, and to issue penalty notices.

Transit officers are not the only security resource deployed on the rail network. NSW Police Commuter Crime Units are permanently operating on the South Line, including Police Commuter Crime Units at Parramatta, Flemington and Liverpool. Transit officers work closely with NSW Police Commuter Crime Unit officers to provide an integrated security system for the rail network.

In the context of the intelligence based deployment strategy, Transit officers conduct regular patrols on a random basis of the South Line, including Granville Station, and will continue to do so at a level that is commensurate with prevailing security conditions.

Granville Station is fitted with help points designed to connect a customer requesting assistance to appropriate RailCorp staff on a 24⁄7 basis.

Question asked on 24 June 2008 (session 54-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 60.
Answer received on 29 July 2008 and to be printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 63.