East Ipswich train station shows the Core Safety Zone in blue, which illustrates the proximity to train crew and camera
East Ipswich train station shows the Core Safety Zone in blue, which illustrates the proximity to train crew and camera

Teen fears riding on local trains

By Sue Clohesy

Stabbings, bashings, verbal abuse and disappearances are just some of the horror reasons rail users told the QT they disliked taking the train.

True or not, the issue remains that many people do not feel safe, and something needs to be done about it.

Ipswich teenager Jason Gibson said he witnessed a brutal bashing where one man "had his head kicked in".

"People just stood there and watched, but if you had more security guards on the train then it wouldn't have happened," Jason said.

Jason catches the train into Brisbane regularly and said he constantly witnessed behaviour at stations and on trains that made him scared.

"It's pretty bad, people try and sell you drugs at some stations," he said.

"Each train carriage needs two security guards and same at stations, as cameras (CCTV) aren't going to stop someone from doing something if they really want to."

Queensland Rail (QR) is in the process of installing digital CCTV equipment at four Ipswich stations.

Unfortunately, some of QR's other safety measures at platforms do not apply to those without CCTV installed.

A QR spokesman last month told the QT most platforms have Core Safety Zones, marked in blue and white, with enhanced lighting and an emergency phone nearby.

He has since said stations without CCTV coverage also did not have Core Safety Zones, but would not divulge which stations fell into this category for safety reasons.

The QT visited six Ipswich stations yesterday, only two of those had CCTV equipment and only one had a Core Safety Zone on the platform. All stations had an emergency help phone.

QR is now auditing stations with CCTV to ensure Core Safety Zones exist and are visible.



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