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In an average week, five people fall into the gap between the train and the platform on the Sydney Trains network.
The terrifying falls - usually involving small children or the elderly - have sparked a trial involving rubber gap filler technology designed and manufactured in Australia.
Acting Chief Executive of Sydney Trains Suzanne Holden said local engineers studied other networks in Australia and overseas to adapt the rubber gap filler technology for Sydney.
“While there’s a long way to go, we are confident this technology may be a solution to improving safety and accessibility on some of our problem platforms,” she said on Thursday.”
Footage shows a small child falling into a platform gap at a Sydney train station. Credit: SuppliedThe new buffers are being trialled at Sydney’s Circular Quay - one of the city’s busiest stations, which has one of the highest number of falls.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said parts of the rail network were more than 165 years old and there was no one-stop-shop solution to preventing falls.
The buffers installed at one of Sydney’s stations. Credit: Supplied
Workers install the new station buffers. Credit: Supplied
A close up showing what the buffers look like. Credit: Supplied“Every platform has unique properties such as gradients, curves and varying heights, and requires a tailored, engineered approach,” he said.
“The results of this trial will help Sydney Trains assess the suitability of using the rubber gap filler technology on other platforms similar to Circular Quay.”
This article first appeared on 7news.com.au
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