Monday, December 23, 2013

Safety on our trains

Given in my life I have caught the Williamstown train about six times in my life, the odds of feeling under threat should be low, but I did feel under threat as a couple of the youf went through the train asking to see people's tickets, as if they were ticket inspectors. I wanted to dial triple 000 but I did not want to draw attention to myself. I stared out the window and they moved to another area of the train.

Given I have caught the train to Sunbury once in my life, the odds of threat must be very low and there was no threat to me, but the train was delayed by a rough trio of people loudly arguing and making threats to each other. Most unpleasant. Platform staff and the train conductor dealt with the matter.

This story at The Age is online tonight. There is a quite frightening video of someone under threat of being stabbed in the face. A fellow passenger filmed the incident. Who knows what the drama was about, but Metro Trains has no interest in finding out, according Channel 7 and The Age.

Does Metro care? No and it is a disgraceful. I quote the reporter in the video, Metro Trains is unaware of the incident and cannot take any action unless a complaint is made. Really???????

14 comments:

  1. It is a pretty sad state of affairs when its not safe to travel by train. We have similar problems in Qld as Colin has often written about.

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    1. Diane, maybe the larger our cities get, the more likely such things happen. But then sometimes it is the opposite, the more people around, the safer it is.

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  2. Our trains are late, sometimes somebody lays himself on the rails, some verbal fights but nothing else so far. Compared to other countries, criminality in Belgium is very low, although the Belgians pretend that it is dangerous to live here, lol ! I think they should read more about other countries !

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    1. Gattina, it only takes being involved in one incident for you to feel like society is breaking down and your city is very dangerous. It is often about impressions, rather than facts.

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  3. That is terrible Andrew. We have many problems here but usually late at night although my daughter has witnessed two incidents on her way to work by train. One was an attempted stabbing and the other was an attack on a passenger which left him unconscious. Both incidents were dealt with by the police and the culprits arrested. I think of Melbourne as a friendly, nonthreatening town so I'm hoping you were just unlucky.

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    1. Fun60, I think Melbourne is fairly safe as long as you aren't out late at night. Even then, steer clear of club areas, and you will be ok. You know how the media like to get hold of these things and beat them up. See Daniel's comment below.

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  4. Frightening. No trains here (yet) and the aggression is (mostly) contained on the buses. And, to give credit where it is due, on those occasions where things get out of hand the bus driver contacts the police - who attend very promptly. Usually at the next stop.

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    1. EC, that would be the well funded Federal Police? Here is a matter of priorities as to what gets attended to, and no chance of police being at the next stop.

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  5. I no longer catch trains at night, not had problems in the day but other people have told me they have.
    Merle.........

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    1. Merle, at least you still have guards on your trains, although maybe for not much longer.

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  6. As we now know from further media coverage:

    - the bloke with the knife was arrested by PSOs (or possibly by police)

    - it's likely that the two men knew each other. This is important. It wasn't some random attack.

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    1. Daniel, it certainly did not look like anything random. I assume the PSOs are employed by Metro. Either poor reporting by the media or Metro does not know what PSOs or police get up to on their own train system, which is pretty unlikely. I despair at some companies media management.

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  7. I haven't caught a train in a long while, most of our lines have been closed for upgrades, the Noarlunga line is now reopened but as yet unfinished, so traveling on it to and from work is taking commuters about three hours each way and they are not happy. Plenty of potential for train rage, but so far there have been no incidents. none that I know about anyway.

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    1. River, it is a nightmare in Adelaide. The Abbott has pulled funding that was already budgeted for.

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