The Age today published a list of Melbourne’s most violent train stations which include Flinders Street, Dandenong, Broadmeadows, Footscray, St Albans, Ringwood, Bayswater, Frankston, Southern Cross and Thomastown stations, where 45% of all reported assaults took place. In June this year, the Herald Sun published a leaked confidential Metro report, revealing Dandenong, Ringwood, Sunshine and Upfield stations to be hotspots for crime. In another Herald Sun’s article, the Hurstbridge train line was rated worst for crime, followed by Frankston, Pakenham and Lilydale.
I am relieved none of the southwest train stations, including those in Altona Loop, make to the list so we are pretty safe in the southwest corridor.
The Herald Sun has a very cool database from which you can extract statistics such as assaults, theft, weapons, unruly behaviour, graffitti, vandalism, trespassing and littering on tracks for all the train lines and for any train station you specify. I have embedded the search database below:
- Railpage Australia – a discussion forum on rail issues in Australia & New Zealand
- vicsig.net – Victorian rail resource
- Police needed at only 10 stations published by the Age on 12 Sep 2010
- Melbourne’s most dangerous train stations published by the Herald Sun on 28 Jun 2010
- Police report reveals train travellers fear they’ll be attacked published by the Sunday Herald Sun on 22 Aug 2010
- More danger on trains in Melbourne than in London or New York published by the Herald Sun
- It’s a war zone, say Melbourne’s train drivers published by the Age on 12 Jun 2010
- Brumby to staff 20 high-risk train stations and new hospital for Bendigo in today’s Victoria Budget published by the Herald Sun on 4 May 2010