Platform screen doors are used in some of the world’s leading underground rail networks including London, Hong Kong and Paris. This will be the first time the technology has been used in Melbourne.

These doors open and close automatically when trains arrive at and depart stations. They improve passenger safety and boarding times, help manage the station environment and improve tunnel ventilation.

We are installing more than 2km of platform screens doors in the Metro Tunnel and along the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Sunbury lines. Each station will be fitted with 60 platform screen doors and floor-to-ceiling toughened glass walls along the length of the platforms. There will be clear entry markings to make it easy for passengers to know where to wait for their train.

Testing of this new technology is currently underway at a train depot in Pakenham East.