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SYDNEY METRO LEADS THE WAY WITH AUSTRALIAN FIRST TECHNOLOGY

The Hyundai Movex mechanical gap filler for platforms on the Bankstown line section of the City and Southwest Sydney Metro project is tested at the Rail Excellence Centre at Chullora.
Written by Aksel Ritenis

SYDNEY METRO LEADS THE WAY WITH AUSTRALIAN FIRST TECHNOLOGY

Sydney Metro is leading the way after awarding a $41 million contract for new technology, the first of its kind in Australia, which will mechanically fill the gap between train and station platforms.

The multi-million dollar contract will see this new mechanical gap filler technology installed 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,” Mr Elliott said.

“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.

“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.

“Sydney Metro is Australia’s only fully accessible railway with level access between platforms and trains and lifts at all stations.”

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 a variety of Sydney weather conditions,” Mr Regan said.

“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.” 

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 10 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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