Public Transport Victoria forum hears call for more Maryborough train services
State Government Commits to Developing Rail Infrastructure for Victoria
Horsham residents to be quizzed about future use of dormant rail corridor land
No choppers here: Malcolm Turnbull takes the train to Geelong
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy backs Melbourne Airport rail link
Jail time for train threats to Vline Staff
Premier Daniel Andrews hears efforts to address Central Goldfields disadvantage, push for more Maryborough trains
The Inland Rail Link Melbourne to Brisbane a Similar Case as the RAA's Bendigo - Geelong Rail Link
North-West Rail Alliance urges more council support amid push for return of Mildura passenger rail
Grampians Rail Trail: Shire calls for community to step up and manage facility
Drones will be used to monitor trains carrying the more than 150,000 racegoers expected to take public transport to the Melbourne Cup.
Metro Trains and Victoria Police are spending $100,000 to tighten security ahead of 'the race that stops the nation' at Flemington on Tuesday to keep everyone moving.
More than 1000 extra train services will run to and from the racecourse, at a rate of one every four minutes during the peak travel times.
Those trains will be monitored by two new drones, in a bid to head off any disruptions.
Metro previously rented drones to monitor major events, but the new purchase means they'll be used more often to track crowd sizes, movements and track trespassers.
"They will be used extensively in this and future events. It allows us to zoom in and see what's happening from above, especially to watch trespassers that might slow our trains," Metro Chief Officer Catherine Baxter said.
"We've spent many weeks working hard to prepare the network to be as robust as possible. We can spot vandals and keep our trains going smoother and safer".
Ms Baxter said the security measures can also help for security purposes like graffiti and copper theft, which have previously caused major disruptions to train services.
Images recorded will be stored by Metro and passed on to police.
Anti-horseracing groups are expected to be joined by other activists at Flemington this year and Victoria Police say they will monitor the event closely.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
About this website
Railpage version 3.10.0.0037
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is © 2003-2020 Interactive Omnimedia Pty Ltd.
You can syndicate our news using one of the RSS feeds.