Greg Bodnar, a member of Sustainable Wellington Region Transport, writes:
A reader, recently returned from Sydney, offered some comments on transport safety.
“I am still adjusting after the awesome system in Sydney. Sydney (apparently) used to have a fairly substandard system but they have learned their lesson. The main one being that single women and families have to feel safe when they commute at whatever hour. If families, elderly etc feel safe, then they’ll use it a lot. So there is monitored CCTV everywhere, Emergency Help Points (press it and get immediate assistance), plus NSW police randomly ride the trains. There are also security people around busier platforms in the city at night. It’s not like they never have an incident but I felt very safe catching a train at 1.00am in the morning. I’d never do that here.”
When asked, she followed up with a few more comments, including the issue of cleanliness.
“The trains in Sydney did have a problem with graffiti. Although there weren’t always successful at removing it, they did try to make sure carriages were fairly clean (or at least smelled clean). In most cases the trains in Wellington would be a lot more pleasant to use if someone actually gave the interiors a proper clean! And by that, I mean wiping down the walls and maybe giving the seats a shampoo every so often. Some days the carriages can be vile,although I haven’t noticed it too much since getting back – then again it’s summer and all the windows are open.”
Naturally, a transport system can only be effective if people are willing to use the service, which makes perceived safety a critical factor. This seems like a great topic to put forward to our readers. We would love to hear what people have to say about the matter. Please use the comments to let us know what you think.
- Do Wellington commuters feel safe taking the trains, buses and ferries?
- Is there a difference in perceived safety between each of the public transport modes?
- Is Wellington public transport more or less safe than other cities?
- Is there anything that could be done to make passengers feel more safe?