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Safety when travelling by train

When catching the train, follow these tips and guidelines for a safe trip.

If you have accessibility requirements, read through the accessible travel information.

Plan ahead, allow plenty of travel time and slow down to avoid slips and falls.

Stay alert and don't be distracted by your mobile phone.

Other safety tips to follow:

  • Do not rush through the ticket gates, the doors of the train or the lift, as you can get injured.
  • If you have luggage, use the lifts to get to and from the platform.
  • When using the escalator, stand to the left and hold onto the side rails.
  • When waiting on the platform, stand back from the track behind the yellow line and wait until the train has come to a complete stop.
  • Do not touch the train doors when they are opening and closing.
  • Stand back to allow passengers to get off the train before you get on.
  • Mind the gap when getting on and off the train.
  • Keep a hold of prams when on board as the train can move suddenly.
  • Once on board, either take a seat or hold onto the handrail when on the train.
  • Offer your seat to someone who needs it more than you. This includes customers who are older, have a disability, impaired mobility, are pregnant or travelling with children.
  • Keep your head, arms and legs clear of the aisle when seated.
  • Try to avoid moving between carriages while a train is moving. If you need to, always take care.
  • Never attempt to get on or off a moving train:
    • after the departure whistle has blown
    • when the “doors closing” signal sounds
    • when the station staff announce the trains doors closing.
  • If you are concerned about your safety or others:
    • move away from the danger into another carriage
    • use the Emergency Help Points to alert train staff and listen for instructions.
  • If you have a pram, use the lifts to get to and from the platform.
  • When travelling with young children, hold their hands on platforms, escalators and when getting on and off the train.
  • Always keep a firm hold of your pram at the station. Ensure the brake is on and the pram is parked parallel to the train tracks.
  • Never leave children, luggage or packages unattended on station platforms.

Plan ahead and follow our guidelines for travelling with prams and young children on public transport.

  • There are more than 10,000 CCTV cameras across the train network in NSW.
  • Police and transport officers regularly patrol trains and stations.
  • On Friday and Saturday nights between 3.00pm and 6.00am, Police Transport Command officers both in high visibility uniforms and plain clothing, patrol public transport to improve security and reduce crime.
  • For safety, sit near other passengers at the station and on the train.
  • On the train, sit near the guard’s compartment indicated with the blue light.
  • On the platform, stand in an area covered by CCTV and close to Emergency Help Points. If travelling at night, stand where it is brightly lit.
  • If you're using a station car park and plan to return after dark, try to park in a well-lit area close to the station entrance. Make sure all of the windows are locked and valuables are out of sight. Turn your car alarm on.
  • If you see bad behaviour or feel unsafe, inform train staff straight away.
  • In an emergency, call 000 or use the Emergency Help Points to speak to train staff for assistance.
  • Emergency Help Points are located on trains and at least one fitted at each station.
  • If you need immediate help, please contact the police on 000 or talk with train staff

Threatening, offensive or unsafe behaviours are not tolerated and fines may apply.

If you see something, say something

By reporting security incidents, unattended items or suspicious behaviour, you can help us respond to any immediate problems and make it safer for everyone.

Call 000 or contact the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.

More than 10,000 CCTV cameras are used to monitor the Sydney Trains network and NSW TrainLink Intercity and regional networks.

More than 750 Emergency Help Points have been installed on the Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink Intercity and regional networks, with at least one at each station.

If you press an Emergency Help Point on any station platform, you're visible on live CCTV and can get assistance from a trained operator.

If you press an Emergency Help Point on board, the train guard will assist you and contact the control centre.

A security control centre operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with communication links to transport officers, police and emergency services.

In an emergency, call 000.

If you are not feeling well or you see someone who looks like they need help, use the Emergency Help Point or speak with transport staff and the train guard where available and they will arrange medical assistance.

Please do not board the train if you're not feeling well at the station. We will be able to get help to you much quicker at the train station.

In most emergency situations it is safer to remain in the train and follow instructions from the train staff.

Use emergency door releases on newer trains only if immediate evacuation becomes necessary.

If the train is evacuated, go to a safe place off the tracks, but stay nearby so emergency workers can locate you.

There are severe penalties for the misuse of the safety system under the Rail Safety Act. The maximum penalty is a fine of $110,000 or three years imprisonment or both.

  • Do not trespass on train tracks, it is illegal and taking shortcuts can be fatal.
  • If you drop something on the tracks, ask train staff for assistance. Do not try to get it yourself.
  • Never ride bicycles, skateboards, scooters or play with sporting equipment on station platforms.
  • Shopping trolleys from supermarkets are not permitted on station platforms or on trains.
  • Toxic, flammable and/or hazardous materials are not permitted on stations or trains.
  • Motorised scooters, bikes, lawn mowing or other equipment that have petrol motor are not permitted on stations or trains.

Threatening, offensive or unsafe behaviours are not tolerated and fines may apply.