Sydney Metro awards $41 million contract for new technology, which will mechanically fill the gap between train and station platforms.
The multi-million dollar contract will install this new mechanical gap filler technology at stations between Marrickville and Bankstown.
Minister for Transport, Veterans and Western Sydney David Elliott said commuters on the Bankstown line were a step closer to safer, more accessible platforms after the awarding of the contract.
“Hyundai Movex has been awarded the contract to design, supply and install 150 mechanical gap fillers at eight existing stations between Marrickville and Bankstown, which are currently being upgraded to Sydney Metro standards,” says Minister for Transport, Veterans and Western Sydney David Elliott.
“The contract also includes 360 platform screen doors for the stations between Marrickville and Bankstown, designed to keep people and objects like prams safe from the gaps between trains and platforms and allow trains to get in and out of stations much faster,” says Minister for Transport, Veterans and Western Sydney David Elliott.
“When a train arrives at a station, the mechanical gap fillers will automatically extend quickly from the platform to the train before the platform screen doors open, allowing safe and easy access for all customers,” says Minister for Transport, Veterans and Western Sydney David Elliott.
“Sydney Metro is Australia’s only fully accessible railway with level access between platforms and trains and lifts at all stations,” says Minister for Transport, Veterans and Western Sydney David Elliott.
Sydney Metro Chief Executive Peter Regan said the new technology, designed with the curved platforms of the T3 Bankstown line in mind, marked another major milestone on the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project.
“The platform screen doors and mechanical gap fillers have undergone a stringent year-long testing program in various Sydney weather conditions,” says Sydney Metro Chief Executive Peter Regan.
“Following a tender process, Hyundai Movex mechanical gap fillers and platform screen doors were selected based on their performance, reliability and safety. The company’s gap filler technology is also used on metro systems in South Korea,” says Sydney Metro Chief Executive Peter Regan.
Hyundai Movex will work with its partners in Australia, including Ricardo Rail, to deliver the mechanical gap fillers and platform screen doors this year.
The upgrade of the Bankstown Line to metro standards also means all ten stations between Marrickville and Bankstown will have lifts – including Punchbowl, Wiley Park, Canterbury, Hurlstone Park and Dulwich Hill, which will be made fully accessible for the first time.
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